Two years ago, a desperate Chengdu father got a job as a taxi driver, hoping that his new occupation could help him find his lost little girl.
Wang Mingqing’s daughter disappeared 23 years ago when she was only 3 years old. Wang remembers that he and his wife were hawking fruit on the street, dealing with a large crowd of customers, when they looked up to find that their daughter had vanished.
Afterward, Wang contacted the police, put up missing person sings on the street and searched the city’s children’s shelters and hospitals, but all to no avail. Finally, in 2015, he thought that becoming a taxi driver might help to improve his slim odds of ever seeing his daughter again.
In his two years as a taxi driver, Wang says that he has told nearly 5,000 passengers about his missing daughter, handing out a card with her information on it to each one, hoping that someone, somewhere will know or remember something. So far though, no one has.
“My biggest wish right now is that someday my daughter will sit down in my car, and shout “Dad!” Wang says. When a West China Metropolis Daily reporter asked him what he would say to her, Wang grew solemn. “I’m sorry, Dad didn’t live up to his responsibilities as a father,” he sighed.
Even though its been 23 years since his daughter went missing, Wang still has yet to give up hope. Unfortunately, child kidnapping and trafficking is a major problem in China, especially in rural areas. While occasionally parents are reunited with their long lost children, more often they can only search in vain for years or even decades.
Watch a video on Wang’s search below:
[Images via West China Metropolis Daily]
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