Despite crackdowns, child kidnapping remains a serious problem in rural China, as police become more sophisticated in tracking the abductors down, the criminals have employed new technologies to avoid capture — like hair dye.
A woman surnamed Liu abducted a young boy playing alone outside in Hui county, Henan on Monday, Sina reports.
To get to the local bus station, Liu hired a taxi. However, in the taxi, the boy wouldn’t stop crying. Suspicious, the driver snapped a picture of the woman and the child.
With the help of that picture, police began to search all over for the woman and the kid. However, Liu was one step ahead of them. She cut her hair and dyed it grey to make herself look sixty instead of forty. She also dressed the boy up to look like a girl.
These efforts helped her fool officers for 12 hours. “She walked by me several times and I didn’t recognize that the ‘granny’ was actually the suspect,” one officer confessed.
Fortunately for the boy’s family, police did eventually see through the disguise. In rural China, boys are often abducted by gangs and then sold for a high price to couples desperate for a male heir. While occasionally parents are reunited with their long lost children, more often they can only search in vain for years.
[Images via Sina]