Why do thousands of children in China disappear every year? Adoption Trafficking
200,000 children are believed to be stolen from China every year. In 1994, this Chinese father’s child was stolen in broad daylight. For 2 decades he put up missing children posters (like below) and became a taxi driver so he could look for his daughter while he worked. His daughter wasn’t far away…
“It took me 24 years to find my daughter. She was living only 20 kilometers away. 20 kilometers in 24 years. Can you believe that?”
She was raised in the family who kidnapped her.
Liu Meng Meng, sold as a baby:
“When I was little I was told my adoptive mother had bought me from child traffickers.
They had several babies set out on a cart and people would pick the one that they liked. They handed over the cash and the deal was done.”
At the time she was a newborn, barely a week old, sold for an equivalent of $112 Euros.
Want to learn more about adoption trafficking around the world? Read Adoption: What You Should Know.
Video and photo credit: France 24, a French Public Broadcast Station.
China’s Huge and Hushed-Up Child Trafficking Problem (2009)
“We don’t know just how many children have been abducted since the one-child policy because the central government refuses to release those figures. But China’s state media recently reported that between 30-60 thousand children vanish each year. According to Rose Ann Rife of Amnesty International Asia it’s a figure that can’t be openly discussed. “It’s going to be very difficult to get any official statistics because two to six at the provincial level or the national level on trafficking of women or children are classified as state secrets so people are going to be reluctant to talk about it out of concern that they might themselves end up within the criminal justice system.”