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310 held in national anti-human-trafficking campaign

By Cao Yin (China Daily)

08:24, March 09, 2012

A police officer plays with a child rescued in an anti-human-trafficking campaign in Linyi, Shandong province, on Wednesday. (Zhang Zheng / for China Daily)

Several police vehicles set off from a police station in Tianlin, a county of Baise city in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, late on Tuesday night.

More than 150 police officers from the city were divided into three groups and dispatched to Tianlin, Longlin and Xilin counties to capture human traffickers.

As of Thursday, 16 suspects had been arrested.

In fact, Guangxi was just one of 14 "battlefields" in the Ministry of Public Security's crackdown against human trafficking action this week. More than 7,000 police officers participated in the campaign in 14 provinces, including Henan, Shandong, Shanxi, Yunnan and Guizhou.

As a result, 310 suspects were arrested and 77 kidnapped children were rescued.

The children were mostly kidnapped in Yunnan province in Southwest China and Guangxi in South China and sold to other regions, such as Shandong province in East China and Shanxi province in North China, according to the ministry.

After finding clues in October, police conducted investigations in different provinces. To ensure the rescued children's safety, some provincial public security bureaus used their offices as shelters and assigned policewomen to look after them, the ministry said.

Huang Dewei, chief of the crackdown in Tianlin county, said the biggest difficulty faced in Guangxi was the local geography.

"The three counties are mountainous, meaning it was easier for suspects to evade us," Huang said.

Long Yuegang led a group of 10 colleagues to Ding'an village, about 90 km from Tianlin county, to arrest a female suspect whose home was in the mountains.

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