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Police in effort to reunite families

A TODDLER rescued from child traffickers will soon be reunited with his father after the country's police authority published online the personal data of 60 youngsters who were recently saved.

A DNA test confirmed Hua Guokang's relationship with his father, the People's Daily reported on its Website yesterday.

Hua is now staying at an orphanage in Guiyang City, capital of Guizhou Province, while his father is following procedures to take him back.

Hua was one among 15 kidnapped children rescued by Guiyang police in an operation between June 24 and July 1.

Hua's father learned of the rescue via media reports and traveled to Guiyang so police could do a DNA test.

Another boy among the 60 children was likely Hua's half-brother, police told the newspaper.

Police have rescued 2,008 kidnapped youngsters after solving 1,717 cases in a nationwide campaign against child trafficking since April 9, the report said.

In a baby trafficking case covering 12 cities and provinces, Shanxi Province police rescued 52 kidnapped infants. Guangxi police rescued 50 infants from seven gangs between May and July.

In May, police in Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, announced that they had arrested 10 alleged gang members and rescued 11 children sold to people in the region and in Fujian Province.

The children, all boys aged three to eight, were abducted between July 2008 and January 2009. They were returned to their parents.

Railway police in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province, freed 25 kidnapped children and detained 18 suspects between April and June.

While some have been reunited with their families, others still have no contact with their parents.

The Ministry of Public Security said it will continue to publish the information of such children to help locate their parents.

It has set up a databank to store personal information including the DNA data of all the rescued children.


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