China battles child trafficking

August 10th, 2011 - 12:31 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 9 (IANS) China has stepped up efforts against trafficking of children and sought help from neighbouring countries to tackle the menace, Xinhua reported Tuesday.

This year alone, police have busted two major child-trafficking networks in the country, rescuing over a 100 children and arresting hundreds of smugglers, a spokesman of the public security ministry said.

One of the network was busted in collaboration with the Vietnamese Police in the Mekong region.

In 2009, China had signed a UN accord on fighting human trafficking. The official said it is often difficult to fight such crimes as there are many people involved and it is hard to identify them.

In addition, because of the one-child policy in the country, people who do not have any kid prefer to buy one. Human-smugglers targeted families who migrated to cities for jobs and who do not have time to look after their kids.

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