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Police reunite 2 men with families

A MAN surnamed Chen who sought the help of Shanghai police in 2011 in finding his biological parents, finally had his wish fulfilled.

Police said his case was one of the results of a nationwide campaign, which began in January, to reunite missing children with their families.

Chen was adopted by a family in Fujian Province and was working in Shanghai 10 years ago when he turned to police.

He left a blood sample and contact information before returning to Fujian. His biological information was registered in the national database of missing children and families with missing children held at the Ministry of Public Security.

In March, Shanghai police got a notice from the ministry that a couple living in Guizhou Province was a match for Chen, and they were later confirmed as his birth parents.

The couple said their 4-year-old son had disappeared after a burglary at their home in 1989. The burglar was caught, but their son was never found.

After hearing about the missing children campaign, the couple left their blood samples with local police and soon heard the good news.

Chen and his parents were reunited in Shanghai on March 25.

In another case, a man surnamed Guo, who went missing in Shanghai, was found in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

In 1999, 10-year-old Guo went missing from a grocery market in Minhang District where his parents sold vegetables.

After initial searches for Guo failed, his parents sought the help of police and media, but still couldn’t find him. The parents then left their blood samples with the police.

Police got a notice from the ministry in February this year that a man surnamed Zhang who lives in Hangzhou was a blood relative of the couple. Zhang turned out to be the missing Guo.

Guo told police that he had wandered off in 1999 and couldn’t find his way home. He was later discovered and raised by a good-hearted family and grew up in Anhui Province.

Guo and his parents were reunited in February.

Very few human trafficking cases have occurred in Shanghai in the past few decades, but children going missing is not rare in this city of 24 million.

While more volunteers and non-government organizations have got involved in finding missing people, police are the major help in such cases.

In Shanghai, a system for looking for missing children was launched in 2011. Cases where children under 14 go missing are given priority, and information about the missing children can be published in a national children lost and found platform. Information is sent to people within a certain range of where the children went missing via mobile media.

Shanghai police said they had found more than 50 missing children for their families since last year through the system.

For teenagers found on the streets with unknown identities, police cooperate with their social partners to look for their families, and over 180 such people have been reunited with their families this way.


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