Parents in China searching for their children

Earlier I wrote on this blog about child trafficking in China. As many as 200,000 children (or about as many people as live in Little Rock, Arkansas) are being kidnapped every year for this purpose. I didn’t realize grown men were being taken, though, until I read this article, which mentions two men in their twenties who were kidnapped by traffickers and have been missing for several years.

The older people being taken are apparently being enslaved under very harsh conditions. One teen who was missing for two years before being able to escape “laboured in a brick kiln in Henan with more than 200 others, and wore clothes with the number 203 sewed on. She says he saw six people beaten to death in his two years there.” That reminds me of a Russian gulag. Or a Nazi concentration camp.

China, which will probably be the big superpower of the 21st century, is still trying to improve its human rights record. It seems like it would serve the nation’s interests and improve its reputation if it would put together an aggressive effort to curb human trafficking and bring the perpetrators to justice.

12 thoughts on “Parents in China searching for their children

  1. Birgitta November 22, 2009 / 8:28 pm

    China is having a huge problems when it comes to kidnappings and human trafficking there is also an big issue, it´s known that children to work in factories there, and it´s no surprise that men are taken as well.
    The human trafficking issue around the world is huge, no country can be left behind, and what is bad about it is that human trafficking has no border, those victims can be placed all around the world.

    • Emma l November 23, 2009 / 10:09 am

      Awful. What a shocking article. I had no idea at all that adults would have been taken like this. That is a seriously terrible idea. Human slavery is a terrifying prospect.

      • Birgitta November 23, 2009 / 8:33 pm

        Yes it´s shocking and horrifying, it´s strange to think about that things like that can indeed happen.

  2. SGY November 23, 2009 / 2:53 pm

    I believe I’ve also read that one of the “bodies”-type exhibits uses illegally obtained cadavers of Chinese prisoners for their displays.

    • Emma l November 23, 2009 / 4:28 pm

      I think I might have read that now you mention it. Makes you wonder about all many things we take for granted. Half the stuff in my flat is made in China I’m sure. By whom I wonder?

  3. Kat November 23, 2009 / 4:00 pm

    Every time I read stories like this, I’m so thankful for my mundane life in the USA, things could be so much worse and when I feel tempted to complain about something, I think about being a person in another part of the world (or the country, in some cases). I still cannot understand how one person can do such things to another.

    • Birgitta November 23, 2009 / 8:32 pm

      Well cultures are different but human trafficking is also a big issue in the USA.

      • Meaghan November 23, 2009 / 9:05 pm

        Aye. Most people don’t know how bad it is, but slavery is alive and well in this country. It’s just not as visible.

  4. danielle November 25, 2009 / 1:07 am

    ways are different in other places in the world. China also does partial birth abortions… where the baby is killed when only partly born (and the feet are still inside) and that is acceptable.

    Some countries have shame on parents/families who have disabled children.

    It is very sad when we hear about it, but since it’s hidden in usa we don’t think of it so much.

    • Justin November 25, 2009 / 7:59 pm

      China was, and I think still is one of the most populous countries in the world. To try to get it under control, they instituted a single child policy. It is not exactly illegal to have multiple children, but the government makes it very difficult for families who do to the point where it might as well be.

      One of the side effects of the single child policy is that every family wants boys and aborts the girls once they realize what the sex of the fetus is. This is also why almost all of the foreign adoptions from China are girls. This has resulted in a lopsided ratio of males to females in China and now there are no wives available for many of the men. This results in a society with becoming more warlike and disrespectful of women since they have not the calming and nurturing benefits of having a family unit and their sexual needs not taken care of. Guys who have no women to bond and mate with eventually start viewing all women as prostitutes. If China doesn’t start modifying their single child policy drastically, things are going to get really ugly.

      • Meaghan November 25, 2009 / 8:06 pm

        China IS the most populous country in the world. I think India is next in line.

        I have read that most Chinese women are better educated and make more money than men. I suppose this is connected to the lopsided ratio though I’m not sure how.

        I am interested in adoption and often look at foreign adoption websites. Only a few times have I seen Chinese boys put up for adoption. One site had a listing for what I would deem “slightly irregular” babies, babies with birth defects like a cleft palate, missing limb, etc., that were available for a reduced fee. I remember that one of these babies had nothing at all wrong with it. It had a very large bluish-colored birthmark on its leg, from the knee down to the ankle. Unsightly, yes, but hardly a big deal. It’s not as if the mark was on its face. I started thinking: when that baby is adopted, later on it will ask its parents “Why did you choose me?” And they could answer, “You were almost as good as all the other babies, and a lot cheaper too.”

      • Justin January 13, 2010 / 4:59 am

        Saw this article on subject of male/female ratio discrepancy in China.

        http://china.org.cn/english/China/100585.htm

        If women in China do make more money and are better educated then men, then that flies in the face of the accepted reasoning of why boys are preferred over girls. Males supposedly have more earning power and parents want them so they can be taken care of when they are elderly, which is why many females are either aborted or given up for adoption.

        Perhaps they make more money because of supply and demand. Guys want women in their workplaces (I think the most common places for people to meet their perspective mates were at work and school), and will offer higher pay as incentive to be there. Sort of like the male boss hires the hot looking woman for the secretarial position over other better qualified, but less attractive applicants.

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