A group of parents who asked for help from the municipal government in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, to find their missing young children, had their hopes dashed last week because instead of helping authorities wouldn’t help. 

After learning that many children had been abducted to Quanzhou, the desperate parents, who came from various parts of the country, hoped that the authorities would study the evidence they brought, and initiate a formal investigation to find the children.

Instead officials blocked their efforts. Also, the local police refused to verify the leads the parents had; and they would not let them buy food, nor would they allow them to stay in hotels. They also turned away kindhearted volunteers who wanted to help. 

One of the mothers, Mrs. Zeng, recounted the tragedy of her two children, “The baby was lost in the afternoon of April 7, 2019, while playing outside.” 

Like her, thousands of parents tirelessly scour the country trying to find their lost children. Many of them have been missing for several years. 

The parents came to Quanzhou because the city of more than 8 million has been a trafficking hotbed in abducted children. 

After a child is abducted the thief will sell him or her to a trafficker for anywhere from $1,500 to $3,000 and then the trafficker resells the child for approximately three times that amount. 

While these crimes were largely driven by the drastic one-child policy, it must be acknowledged that abduction and human trafficking still exist in China.  

Faced with a declining and aging population, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in 2016 allowed couples to have a second child, and introduced a three-child policy in May 2021.

Netizens protest 

Although the CCP strictly censors message exchanges shared on social networks, netizens took an active part in this case. 

“In a socialist state, unplanned-birth children are the cause of fines or confiscation. They euphemistically call it ‘social adjustment,'” tweeted The Translators’ Grand Movement (TGTM), which is in charge of translating and disseminating trends on Chinese social networks. 

In response to this tweet, user @xiaopei2014 wrote that the so-called fine was more of a “social maintenance fee” to fund officials of the Family Planning Commission. This statement, in a way, implicates them in the inhumane birth control process.

In turn, netizen @4s1ZTttIp0XjOFRX commented, “CCP kidnap babies…sounds terrifying? In fact, tens of thousands of Chinese children are kidnapped and sold as slaves every year by professional ‘human cargo’ traders …”

Likewise, the announcement that Quanzhou county health directors were suspended for failing to attend to the parents and that an investigation had been launched caused bitter commentary from another user.

In his comment, he said that the ad depicted: “A vivid image of a thief shouting to catch a thief,” thus inferring the distrust inspired by the communist regime. 

China’s scandalous child abductions

In his documentary “Girls in the Nunnery,” Chinese dissident Yao Cheng, a volunteer with the New York-based Women’s Rights in China (WRIC), revealed that Chinese babies of both sexes who exceeded the one-child policy could become victims of kidnapping, abduction, and trafficking.

A person linked to the China Children’s Aid Foundation said, “Child abduction is a profitable crime. The traffickers can sell a child for a few thousand dollars…about the same as annual income.”

The testimonies of parents who have had their children taken from them are often heartbreaking, such as that of Shen Junliang, who had been searching for his son Cong for 14 years. He was only a year old when he was abducted by neighbors in the city of Guangzhou. 

The police investigation discovered that the baby was sold for $2,000. This devastated his father, who said, “Seeing children begging on the streets and watching news about other kidnappings is tough. It makes me worry about my son. I can’t stand it.”

Shen’s search is just an example of the tireless task that occupies many parents of missing children. 

He distributes flyers about his son in the hopes of finding him. In addition, he is offering a $15,000 reward. On this mission, he lost his job and is now burdened with debts. 

However, he hasn’t stopped, and shares his wish: “I at least want to know that my son is healthy and in a good environment. I’ll support him no matter what. I will definitely find him. I will keep looking for him no matter how much debt I take on.” 

Chinese regime complicity? 

Statistics on the number of children that are abducted each year are unknown. The Chinese regime does not provide them. In addition, the penalties for kidnappers are considered weak, a circumstance which, in a way, encourages this crime.  

In this regard, China National Radio estimates that 200,000 children disappear every year in China, most of whom are never found.  

Moreover, officials are accused of involvement in the disappearances. Just last month, local authorities in southern China admitted that they took a baby from his parents 32 years ago.

The events occurred in Quanzhou County. The official justification was based on the one-child policy in force at the time. 

They called it a “social adjustment,” something that if done by other people would have been called kidnapping, noted a person quoted by NHK media. 

The social and personal damage caused to Chinese society by birth control policies has left deep traces and cruel behavior ‘normalized’ in some sectors of the population.  

One of them is the kidnapping of women, who are subjected to inhuman sexual slavery, as evidenced, a few months ago, in the case of a woman chained for almost 20 years in a rural house in Feng County, Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province.

In this case, there was evidence of an active cover-up of these crimes as part of a state policy. 

“The government and police help to issue fake residence cards for these women. They also falsify marriage and birth certificates,” reported Minghui.org, which specializes in reporting events in China.

They added: “When kidnapped women went to court to seek a “divorce,” the judges instead demanded that they go back to live with their false husbands – the rapists.”

Moreover, they provided statistics for 2020 that one million people went astray, while in 2016 3.94 million missing inhabitants were recorded. 

Meanwhile, the suffering of abducted people and that of their relatives continues. They are victims of the demographic imbalance caused by the one-child policy, and by the enormous loss of humanitarian values brought about by the communist system that governs it. 

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