Chinese police freed more than hundred kids
Authorities arrested 802 suspects on Monday in an operation across the country, the Public Security Ministry said in a statement.
Kidnapped children are often sold for adoption, or as labor and household servants. Child-trafficking has become a serious problem in China and critics blame the one-child policy and lax adoption laws. These policies, some say, have created a thriving underground market for buying children.
In the latest operation, the children were rescued from traffickers in 15 regions and provinces, including Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Sichuan, Yunnan.
Investigations that led to the current round of arrests began in December 2011 when four suspects were caught in Henan province while attempting to sell four babies.
A ”most-wanted” suspect, Shao Zhongyuan, was caught in Pingyi county, Shandong province, the ministry said.
He was alleged to be from a gang that trafficked more than 100 children. Several other key suspects were also detained, police said.
The ministry released a report in March 2011 saying that police rescued tens of thousands of abducted children and women.