Last updated at 17:25 GMT, Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Chinese human traffic

Summary

13 March 2012

Chinese police have rescued more than twenty-four thousand women and children who had been taken from their homes last year, according to the authorities. Some of those captured had been sold to other families or forced into prostitution.

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Martin Patience

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Child-trafficking has become a serious problem in China.

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Among those rescued by the police were more than eight thousand children kidnapped from their homes. Critics blame the country's one child policy for creating a thriving black market, where babies are abducted and then sold on for adoption.

More than fifteen thousand women were also kidnapped. Some were used as workers, others forced into marriage or prostitution.

According to officials more than three thousand human trafficking gangs were broken up, but the authorities did not say how many people in total were abducted last year.

They vowed to step up their campaign against human trafficking. As these figures show, the abduction of women and children remains a serious problem in China.

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kidnapped

taken illegally (used for people)

black market

illegal trade (of goods or products)

abducted

taken away by force

sold on

exchanged for money

adoption

take on someone else's child as your own

forced into

made to do something (with threat of violence)

according to

agreeing with

broken up

smashed

to step up

to intensify

human trafficking

illegal trade of men, women and children