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6,000 abductees found, police say

CHINESE police have cracked 982 crime rings engaged in children and women abducting and trafficking in the past seven months, an official with the Ministry of Public Security said yesterday.

More than 6,000 victims have been rescued and some 6,200 suspects detained in the ongoing campaign as of October 28, said Yang Dong, deputy director of the criminal investigation department.

Yang said since the campaign was initiated on April 9, the ministry has ordered police bureaus nationwide to investigate immediately after children are reported missing.

The requirement came after people complained that some grass roots public security departments began searching only 24 hours after people went missing.

"Some foreign scholars have suggested the first several hours are the 'golden period' to save abducted children, so we decide to focus our efforts in that period," Yang said in an interview on the ministry's Website.

Other measures include publishing wanted lists and setting up a DNA databank to help parents find their missing children by collecting blood samples.


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