Beijing: Police rescued 22 women and children
abducted by a human-trafficking ring that operated in southern
China for two decades, state media reported Thursday.
Eighteen victims were reunited with family members during
an emotional ceremony yesterday in Nanning city in southern
Guangxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Guangxi police uncovered the ring during a three-month
investigation and arrested seven people in coastal Fujian
province on July 22, Xinhua said. One of the suspects
confessed to police the group had operated since 1989,
kidnapping women and children from cities in Guangxi to sell
Human trafficking is a serious problem in China, which
has a thriving black market in girls and women who are sold as
Babies are also abducted or bought from poor families to
sell to childless couples.
Newspaper photos and television images showed an
emotional reunion, with weeping mothers hugging their
State broadcaster China Central Television showed one
father crying as he sat next to his son, telling reporters:
"It has been a few years. Every time I saw other people with
their children on the streets I would think of him. I missed
him so much."