Chinese Site Lists Missing Children, Cracking Down on Abductions
Chinese authorities are using a Net site to try to re-unite families with their missing children. The trafficking of children and women in the PRC is a widespread practise due to old cultural mores.
The Babies Looking for Home website is part of a nationwide government crackdown on the widespread trafficking of women and children.
The website includes short physical descriptions of each child, the date they were rescued and a contact number for the police station or welfare official in charge of their case.
In China, many people value a son over a daughter. Some families are unable to have a son and so "adopt" a son. Some families have a girl baby, but because of the one child rule sell that baby so they may try for a male child.
The preference for male heirs has skewed the demographics in the PRC so that in some areas women are in short supply to become brides. Women may be forced to marry or sold into prostitution either within China or smuggled out to other countries. The following is an old report, but still relevant today.
3,000 women and children were rescued after being abducted and sold into slavery in Southern China during the past two years. Local authorities do not assist the victims because they have sympathy for men who cannot find wives. It is cheaper to buy a woman than to have a proper wedding. In one incident in Uangdong, a whole village purchased women and prostituted them from their homes. One household had bought close to 100 women and was selling them in prostitution. (Sophia Woodman, Stephanie Ho, "Trafficking of Women in China," Voice of America, 27 September 1995)
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