Police Uncover Trade of Women in China

Police are cracking down on a massive trade in women and some children in China that extends from remote villages to major cities like Beijing.

According to government records, 6,802 women and 1,662 children were reported abducted or missing in China and police rescued some 7,660 women and 1,814 children in 1999. The majority of the victims are poor, desperate young women from rural areas who are tricked into leaving home and then sold into indentured servitude.

Bai Jingfu, police assistant director of criminal investigation, blamed increasing gaps between the rich and the poor as well as inadequate law enforcement.


The Associated Press - 19 April, 2000

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