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89 children rescued in trafficking crackdown

(China Daily)

08:32, December 26, 2012

A baby is resued by police from a child trafficking ring in Quanzhou, Fujian province on Dec 19, 2012. (Photo/Xinhua)

A senior police official said on Tuesday that the 89 children rescued in the latest crackdown on child trafficking have been sent to local civil affairs departments for temporary placement, and police are searching for the their natural parents.

"Although we collected their DNA information, many of them haven't found their natural parents," Chen Shiqu, director of the anti-human trafficking office of the criminal department under the ministry, told China Daily in an interview.

Police have rescued 89 abducted children and arrested 355 suspects after busting nine major children trafficking rings, the Ministry of Public Security announced on Monday night.

The operation was conducted between Dec 18 and 24. Under the direct command of the ministry, police from nine provincial-level regions, including Fujian, Yunnan, Sichuan and Anhui provinces, carried out a joint action targeting child trafficking, the ministry said in a press release.

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