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5 kids rescued from traffickers

FIVE children who had been trafficked from southwest China's Guizhou Province to Fujian Province in east China were rescued in a joint police action by the two provinces.

Police caught 16 suspects involved in the trafficking and trading of the children, officers told China News Service yesterday.

The children are being sent back to Guizhou to rejoin their families, police said.

The 44-day action was initiated by missing children reports in Guizhou, police said.

The latest report was by a resident surnamed Cui whose two children were seen carried away by an unknown woman and a man around 6pm on April 3 while they were playing outside their home. The couple was said to have lured the children with promises to buy them candy.

A police investigation discovered a child trafficking network. Some of the children had been sold to Fujian, the report said.

Police launched a joint action and rescued five children. They also caught 16 suspects.

Police said the network targeted boys aged from seven months to two years old in remote areas in Guizhou. They lured children away and then sold each child in Fujian at prices from 30,000 yuan (US$4,391.49) to 40,000 yuan.

The suspects had earned 400,000 yuan, police said.


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