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Type of document: News
Topic: Law enforcement
Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: China
Language: English
Date of publication: 29 July 2004
Long Abstract: BEIJING: A court in central China has convicted 15 people for trafficking at least 120 children and sentenced the ringleader of the operation to death. The Puyang City Intermediate People's Court in Henan province ruled this week that chief culprit Li Guoju would die for his actions, Xinhua news agency said. Two other leaders, Yu Xiushu and Zhang Xinfa, were given life imprisonment and fined 20,000 yuan (2,415 dollars). The others were sentenced to between one and 15 years in jail.They were accused of "colluding with each other" in the kidnapping and trading of children between 1998 to 2003, the report said, without elaborating on the ages of children involved or where they were abducted and sold. Neither did the report say how the group was smashed. Human trafficking has become one of most difficult problems facing the Chinese government. Children and babies are often snatched and sold to childless couples. Girls are sometimes bought by poor families to be raised as brides for their sons who would not otherwise be able to afford to marry, rights groups say. Police announced in March that 42,215 women and children kidnapped in the three years from 2001 had been located and freed from captors. Many more are never found. - AFP
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