The Chinese police rescued 92 children and 2 women on September 11, 2013 from a trafficking network in 11 provinces after a six-month investigation. 301 suspects were arrested in connection with the kidnappings.
The traffickers sought out children from the Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. Most of the children were under the age of two. The babies were given sleeping pills in order to be kept quiet while they were being transported. The children that were rescued were sent to hospitals to be examined and were then sent to the Zhengzhou Children’s Welfare Home until their biological parents were found.
China has a high kidnapping rate and has been dealing with this problem for years. In 2012, 200,000 children were reported as missing as a result of human trafficking. A very small percentage of these missing children are found.
China has a one-child policy to help control their large population. Critics have blamed this policy on making the demand for children more prevalent and increasing the rate of kidnapping. Women and children are wanted by the traffickers to sell as servants. Families who cannot have boys of their own, want the male children because they believe that males are superior. Women are sold to men because there are some areas in high demand for brides as a result of the one-child policy. A lot of rural locations have a higher ratio of men to women, which makes it difficult for the men to find wives. Many boys and girls are kidnapped in order to be sold for adoption or prostitution.
China’s government recognizes the kidnapping problem within their country. The government has decided to impose stricter punishments to people who kidnap, buy and sell children. They have also considered creating severe punishment towards parents who sell their children to traffickers. 13,000 abducted children and 23,000 women were rescued within the past two years.
Will the government’s implementation of stricter punishments and laws deter kidnapping? Will these new regulations make the kidnapping rate decrease?