Rescue Stolen Kids through Microblog
    2011-02-09 11:52:07      Web Editor: haodi

Peng Gaofeng and his son at a hotel on Tuesday, February 8, 2011. [Photo:]

A microblog has recently initiated a nationwide child beggar rescue campaign, the China Youth Daily reported Wednesday.

With the help of supporters, a total of six trafficked children have reunited with their families, since the launch of the microblog on January 17, 2011.

After learning that abducted children were forced into begging by human traffickers, Yu Jiangrong, a researcher with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, set up a microblog intended to help child beggars escape from the traffickers' torture.

Yu has called on people to post images of child beggars they meet along with the times and places the children were caught begging.

Yu's appeal has received many positive responses. As of Tuesday, the microblog issued more than 1,600 messages of child beggars and attracted 88,000 fans, including police officers, journalists, and celebrities from various fields.

On Tuesday, Peng Gaofeng, a father in south China's Shenzhen city, found his lost son, Peng Wenle, from a tip on the microblog after three years of waiting and searching, according to the Qianjiang Evening News.

Peng Wenle has become the sixth successfully rescued child. The whole process was broadcast live on the microblog, the report says.

"Now we can use microblogs to persuade ordinary people to take videos of local child beggars, and then call the police to identify the children and conduct DNA identification, which was impossible in the past," said Yu.

However, since the microblog is an open platform, there are shared concerns over the possibility that human traffickers, upon seeing the photos themselves, could take revenge on the children and the volunteers who take and post the photos.

Plus, as the online activity expands and more photos erupt on the microblog, the sorting out of the amount of information will exceed the capacity of any individual microblogger.

Therefore Zhang Zhiwei, a lawyer and volunteer with the NGO Baby Come Home, has called for better coordination with government departments and professional NGOs.

Until now, China has carried out five campaigns for cracking down on human trafficking. The latest one in April, 2009 uncovered 6,574 cases of trafficked and abducted women and 4,595 cases of trafficked and abducted children.

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