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Trafficked kids more often sold than kidnapped: SPC

(Global Times)    08:43, February 28, 2015

The number of trafficked children who were abandoned or sold by their parents now exceeds the number who were kidnapped or abducted, according to a statement by China's top court on Friday.

The Supreme People's Court (SPC) said that a new crackdown on human trafficking in China has revealed some disturbing new trends on a press conference on Friday.

They stated that the number of children abducted and kidnapped has seen a dramatic decease as the government imposed harsh punishment. The SPC published the details of eight cases of abducting and trafficking of women and children.

In one case, a father earned over 30,000 yuan ($4,797) by selling three of his children through dealers, and he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, chinanews.com reported.

Some human traffickers adopted inconspicuous ways to avoid being busted when transporting trafficked children. They would move the pregnant women to the city where the buyers live, and then sell the babies immediately after delivery.

Sun Jungong, an SPC spokesman, said the crackdown on buying abducted children should be further intensified.

There has also been an increase in cases of abduction and the trafficking of foreign women, who have been forced into prostitution in some regions, according to Sun, who added that the forcing of abducted women into marriage still continues.

Two people received the death penalty with a two-year reprieve after kidnapping 17 Vietnamese women in Yunnan Province and selling them.

However, the total number of human trafficking cases in China continued to drop.

Courts across the country handled 978 cases of trafficking women and children in 2014. The number was 1,313 in 2013 and 1,918 in 2012. 

(For the latest China news, Please follow People's Daily on Twitter and Facebook)(Editor:Yao Xinyu,Yao Chun)

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