China executes two child traffickers

As China’s child trafficking saga continues, the government just executed two men who were found guilty of abducting fifteen children between them to sell. Several of those children have yet to be returned to their parents. From the article: Estimates of the numbers of victims are difficult to come by. The Chinese supreme court said 1,714 people were punished for abducting and trafficking children in the first 10 months of this year, as the government ramped up a crackdown on the crime. Since April, Chinese police have rescued 2,008 abducted children, the report said. That doesn’t seem like very much when I read an earlier report saying between 50,000 and 200,000 people are abducted every year.

A lot of boys are taken to be sold to childless couples who want sons. Exactly where do these childless couples think the children came from? If they know or even suspect these children were stolen from other families, they are just as guilty as the traffickers themselves and should be held accountable.

Additional articles:

The London Times
The Guardian
China View

3 thoughts on “China executes two child traffickers

  1. Justin November 28, 2009 / 2:49 pm

    I believe those executions are just for show, to satisfy the public that “something” was being done. Now if all of those 1,714 people arrested for abducting and trafficking children were given death sentences, then I might think they were serious.

    Corruption in China is getting to be pretty bad. I doubt that most of these abductions happened without the collusion of some type of government officials.

    • Meaghan November 28, 2009 / 5:33 pm

      Corruption is GETTING TO BE pretty bad?! It’s always been pretty bad!

      • Justin November 28, 2009 / 6:03 pm

        OK, more widespread and blatant then.

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