China's Ministry of Public Security has kicked off a pilot project to give free classes to migrant workers warning them about the dangers of child abduction and human trafficking so as to protect their children, China Daily reported Thursday.
The classes are part of a national crackdown on human trafficking launched in April, and if successful, they will be rolled out across the country.
From 30,000 to 60,000 children are reported as missing every year, but it is hard to estimate how many trafficking cases that includes, Yang Dong, deputy chief of the criminal investigation department, was quoted as saying
There will be fewer human trafficking cases if there was more cooperation from the community and if migrant families could provide more information to help trace the children before they are too far away, Yang said.
The pilot project, launched Wednesday with the assistance of the National Federation of Women and Children (NFWC) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), will be conducted in the villages of Kunming, Yunnan Province and Dongguan, Guangdong Province.
Landlords and factory owners have been enlisted to inform workers about the classes, because migrant families are typically hard to reach.
To combat child trafficking, the Ministry of Public Security also set up a DNA database to link all the country's 236 DNA laboratories so they can share information.
The database includes DNA of missing children, given by their parents, and samples will be taken from children suspected of having been abducted or vagrant children with an unclear history.
"The national DNA database is particularly helpful for the big migrant population," lawyer Zhang Zhiwei, a volunteer with grassroots NGO Baby Come Home, told China Daily.