Children Tortured into Begging in Fuyang
    2011-02-08 11:45:51     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Jiang
 

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The business of forcing children into begging by human traffickers as a means of getting rich has become ever more rampant in China's rural areas, even with the collaboration of local officials, China National Radio reports.

As the most glaring example of this trade, villagers in Gongxiao Village, Gongji Township, Taihe County of Fuyang City, East China's Anhui Province, began to hunt for children in neighboring villages, counties or provinces since the early 1990s.

The traffickers tortured children into absolute obedience to their orderings, and usually handi-capped them into a physical disability or mutilated their bodies so the children would fetch more sympathy when begging, the report says.

Some traffickers cheated parents into handing over their children by promising to take them to do simple jobs in southern China. The children were taken to begging on the streets of major Chinese cities under the watchful eyes of traffickers.

The illegal business has spread to other villages in Gongji Township, which prompted some local officials to collaborate, the report says.

What seems more disturbing is that the trafficked children sometimes become traffickers too after years of begging. Others chose to live with their traffickers by asking for a bigger share of the profits, the report says.

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