China returns 10 trafficked children to Vietnam
- Published: 4/05/2013 at 12:49 PM
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Chinese authorities have returned 10 Vietnamese children who were kidnapped and trafficked into China, state media said on Saturday.
File photo of Vietnamese-Chinese Friendship border Gate in the northern Vietnamese province of Lang Son. Chinese authorities have returned 10 Vietnamese children who were kidnapped and trafficked into China, state media said on Saturday.
The children were returned on Friday after being discovered by Chinese authorities in 2011, when they were aged between 10 days and seven months, Xinhua news agency said on its website.
Local authorities have arrested 43 suspects for trafficking the children, who were all boys, China Radio National reported. Ten of the suspects are Vietnamese, it said.
Pictures posted by Xinhua showed the young children wearing orange pyjamas, playing with plastic toys and being cradled by blue-uniformed policewomen.
Trafficking of women and children remains a serious problem in China, with many sociologists blaming preference for male children and China's "one-child" policy for fuelling the crime.
Chinese authorities have rescued more than 1,800 Vietnamese women trafficked into China since 2009, and 41 children, China Radio National reported.
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