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Chinese police recapture top wanted human trafficker


08:41, November 11, 2011

KUNMING, Nov. 10 (Xinhua) -- After two years on the run from police, a woman accused of trafficking nearly 30 women and children has been recaptured, authorities said Thursday.

Wu Zhenglian, 26, wanted by the Ministry of Public Security, was caught in a central Chinese county on Nov. 7, with her young child after fleeing house arrest in her home province of Yunnan.

Police in Wenshan Zhuang and Miao prefecture of Yunnan said Wu and her husband, Hou Xihong, were suspected of selling eight abducted baby girls and one baby boy for 70,000 yuan (11,000 U.S. dollars) between 2007 and 2008.

Hou was arrested in 2009 by police but Wu was placed under house arrest because she had recently given birth, police said.

However, Wu managed to escape with her girl during the Chinese New Year of 2009 and continued in the human-trafficking business.

Human trafficking has been a common problem in China for decades. In most cases, young women are kidnapped from poor southwestern regions and sold to rural families in faraway provinces, for partnering with desperate marriage-age bachelors, while babies are trafficked to sterile couples not qualified to adopt children.

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