Chinese police chief asks to fight woman, child trafficking

11:06, March 02, 2010      

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China's police chief Meng Jianzhu on Monday called for greater efforts in battling against the abduction and trafficking of women and children to ensure people's dignity and basic rights.

Meng, a State Councilor and Minister of Public Security, made the call at a conference participated by judicial departments and ministries including the Supreme People's Court and ministries of public security and civil affairs.

Meng vowed for zero tolerance to woman and child trafficking because the crime "grossly violates human rights."

He asked local governments to address some economic and social problems that could be the root of rampant human trafficking, such as poverty and unemployment among the women, inadequate education of children of migrant workers in cities, and illegal use of child laborers.

The public security ministry launched a special crackdown on child abduction and trafficking in April. As of Oct. 12, over 2,000 children had been rescued from more than 1,700 human trafficking cases.

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