Image credit: Yuan Muye.
Earlier this week we brought you the terrible news of five young street kids who died in Bijie, as well as ways you can help prevent such deaths in the future. Today we’re happy to report this story of over 2,000 children that have been rescued from kidnappers and life on the street.
According to the Ministry of Public Security, a crackdown on kidnap gangs which began in April 2011, has resulted in the recover of 2,274 children, nearly all from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. The children were abducted and then trafficked to gangs in Beijing, Shanghai, and other major cities, where they were forced to pick pockets, shoplift, and beg for money. In some cases, the children had to meet a daily quota or face a brutal beating. Even worse punishments were meted out to those who attempted to flee.
Almost 3,000 suspected gang members have been arrested in what is one of the largest Chinese police investigations of its kind.
A 50 million yuan recovery centre is due to open in Urumqi, where rescued children will be rehabilitated and provided with food and education.
If you see children begging on the street, they may be kidnap victims or runaways, in either situation you can help their families find them by taking a photo of them and uploading them to the following sites:
Professor Yu Jianrong’s Weibo (previously)
Baidu’s Missing Children Service
Baby Come Home Street Children Reporting Service