Seventy-six suspects have been arrested for the kidnapping of 31 infants who were rescued following a crackdown on human trafficking activities in southwest China's Yunnan Province, the Chongqing Morning Post reports.
This undated photo shows child-trafficking suspects arrested in southwest China's Yunnan Province. [Source: Yunnan.cn]
Most of the infants were kidnapped in Yunnan Province and sold in other regions such as Shandong province in east China and Hebei province in north China, according to the Kunming Railway Police Bureau.
After obtaining some clues from the Kunming Railway Station last May, police in conducted investigations around the province and arrested several suspects. When questioning them, police discovered that there was a notorious infants-trafficking group in Hebei Province.
Zhu Huiping, Deputy Director of the Kunming Police Bureau, led a group of nine police officers to Chengan township, Handan city, in Hebei Province where they arrested a main suspect nicknamed Tianzhongyi in March. With the help of local police, the Kunming police also arrested more than 30 suspects in Hebei and Shandong provinces between April and May.
The infant trafficking investigation group found that the main reason for human trafficking was the economic gap and that some residents in poor areas believed it was a way for them to make money.
In 2011, police across the country cracked 5,360 cases involving the abduction of women and 5,320 cases involving children. They also broke up 3,195 gangs and rescued 8,660 children and 15, 458 women, according to figures from the Ministry of Public Security.