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Gangs force deaf-mutes into crime, warns teacher

YOUNG deaf-mutes are lured by criminal gangs to join them as pickpockets, a special education teacher alleges after 20 teenagers disappeared from school.

Police are investigating the disappearance of deaf-mute pupils from Liling Special Education School in central China's Hunan Province, the school's teacher Yang Lihong told news Website

The latest case was with five students aged 16 to 20 who left the school four months ago, leaving notes saying they were going to work, the teacher said.

But last month one of them returned, revealing that they had been lured by a former girl classmate to Changchun, capital city of northeast China's Jilin Province, the Website reported.

On arrival, their ID and mobile phones were taken away and they were forced to work as pickpockets, said the student surnamed Li.

Li told his father that he had been caught by police red-handed but declined to tell more.


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