Police have launched an investigation after a traveler on the Shanghai Metro posted photos supposedly showing a kid being forced to beg on the trains.
According to Shanghai Daily:
A Metro commuter posted pictures on his Weibo that showed a boy handing over a bag, presumably with his day’s collection, to three men at Xujiahui Station on Line 1 yesterday. The commuter claimed the boy had been begging on the train before getting off at Xujiahui. The men emptied the “earnings” from his bag, gave some water to the kid and sent him off again. Police said it was looking for clues from more commuters to assist in the investigation.
This isn’t the first time people have taken to social media to report such cases on the Shanghai Metro. Several users have uploaded images of kids they’ve seen begging for cash on the trains in hopes that police will further investigate the cases.
The child above was seen begging on Shanghai Metro trains back in 2013. Commuters posted photos of him to Weibo, suspecting that he may have been kidnapped from somewhere else, People.cn reports.
Soon after, Shanghai police left a comment below the post, claiming to have confirmed that this little boy was not kidnapped. The woman on the left was his own mother, and Metro police had already taken her aside for questioning after she was found begging on the train.
Stories like that of Yang Weixin, who was kidnapped from his home in 2009 and seen begging in a photo posted to Weibo two years later, have encouraged more and more people to take to social media in an attempt to help abducted children.
The Weibo account @随手拍照解救乞讨儿童 (meaning “@taking photos of beggar children to save them”) has also been created for this reason.
by Luke Sun
[Images via Weibo & People.cn]