GUANGZHOU, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Police in south China's Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, announced Friday that they have broken up a 10-member gang that abducted children and sold them in distant places.
A police officer surnamed Wu with the Kaiping Police Bureau, a subsidiary of Jiangmen police, said they have arrested all of the 10 gang members and rescued 11 children sold by the gang to several cities in Guangdong and Fujian provinces.
The children, all boys aged between 3 and 8, have been sent back to their homes. Six of them were abducted in Kaiping City, which is administrated by Jiangmen, between July and January, said Wu.
He said the principal of the gang is a 35-year-old woman named Zhang Weizhu, who had been under Class A Warrant by the Ministry of Public Security.
Under the Class A warrant, the ministry not only uses its nationwide resources to trace suspects, but also offers a reward higher than 50,000 yuan (7,322 U.S. dollars) in want of them. This nationwide support gives local bureaus more incentive to track kidnapping cases.
Zhang, a native in southwest China's Yunnan Province, was arrested by police in a cement mortar factory in Zhuhai City, Guangdong, where her temporary job was an operator of concrete stirring mill.
Early this month, the Ministry of Public Security launched its sixth nationwide campaign to deal with human trafficking.
Chen Shiqu, head of the women and children abduction crime office under the ministry, said that the ministry would see to the detection of serious abduction crimes and issued Class A Warrants for notorious human trafficking suspects.
About 3,000 kidnapping cases of children and women have been officially reported and investigated by Chinese authorities annually, but some experts estimate that 10,000 to 20,000 Chinese women or children have been kidnapped.
Analysts say the abductions are fueled by demands from some families that want to have boys or private employers who seek cheap laborers to work. Many of the victims were abducted from rural areas, where their families lack the knowledge of reporting kidnappings.