Why is child abduction a serious problem in China?

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Child abduction is a serious problem in China, especially in rural areas. 

One major cause is that the Chinese families prefer sons to daughters, resulting in them buying baby boys.

In addition, the severe gender gap – a result of three decades of one-child policy – has made it hard for Chinese men to find wives. As a result, teenager girls are sometimes kidnapped and sold as child brides.

Child abduction remains a sensitive topic to the Chinese authorities. No official figures have been released on how many children are kidnapped in China every year.

Video: Casual child abduction in broad daylight

However according to a 2016 report on Chinese news site Caijing, around 200,000 boys and girls are reported to be missing every year.

Among them, only 200, or 0.1 per cent, would be able to find their parents at some point of their lives.

A survey shows that around 64 per cent of the kidnapped children in China are boys
A survey shows that around 64 per cent of the kidnapped children in China are boys

The report also claimed that there are more than one million child beggars in China and most of them were abducted by human traffickers or forced to beg by their families.

Baobeihuijia, a website specialised in connecting families with their missing members, has conducted a survey on the kidnapped children in China based on 8,861 cases listed on their website.

The survey shows that around 64 per cent of the kidnapped children are boys and more than 75 per cent of the kidnapped children are under the age of six.

However, among those who are abducted over the age of 13, there are more girls than boys.

The survey also claims that children under the age of four are most likely to be abducted in China.

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