Children disabled before becoming beggars in Malaysia

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Two Chinese beggars with severe physical deformities were followed for two days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by a couple of reporters from The Star. The reporters also found at least 30 beggars in Petaling Street, reported the Reference News on Tuesday, October 18.

Transnational gangs are maiming and disfiguring Chinese children, keeping them captive for a number of years before sending them to Malaysia on tourist visas to beg in holiday hot spots, the reports said.

33-year-old Xiu Yuan was one of the victims of the gang.

He said he was born healthy but was abducted and maimed by the gang when he was young, and brought to Malaysia years later.

Another beggar Do Feng, 30, from Zhengzhou, said they could collect as much as 3,000 Malaysia ringgits (around 4,800 yuan) on weekends.

The amount of money they could get usually depended on the degree their disabilities could provoke sympathy from people, Do said.

The reports said the gang's leaders appeared a few hours later to collect the money and the beggars returned to their hotel rooms.

Increasingly, Chinese couples are waiting to adopt children as a result of the one child policy. A policy made difficult through official channels. As a result, they started to turn to internet adoption, the Reference News cited a western media earlier.

People can easily reach adoption information through online forums and advisements in China, however, child trafficking cases have been increasing as a consequence, the report said.

China had 502,000 orphans by the end of 2015, among which 92,000 are available for adoption. There were 22,000 registered adoption cases in the same year, according to media reports.

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