Babies for Sale?

Al Jazeera looks into the the reasons behind China’s child trafficking:

Child trafficking is widespread in China, many say, because of the country’s and the demand it creates for sons.

[…] The Chinese preference for a son and a male heir is another factor. Meanwhile, some children are abducted and then sold as slaves or forced into working in sweatshops.

And though boys are the main victims of , girls can sometimes be sold as wives. In some parts of rural China, buying a wife is not seen as a crime but as a part of Chinese tradition.

The article cites Dale Rutstein, the China spokesperson for UNICEF, suggesting that the regional wealth gap also plays a crucial role in child abduction:

“The real issue for China is [how to deal with] the difficulties of the extremes of poverty and wealth. Trafficking of children is very much associated with poverty and, because of the migrant population, [a] very large number of people who are leaving rural areas and looking for opportunities in urban areas, this affects both adults, young people and at times children.

A previous Al Jazeera report looked at the crackdown on child traffickers:

See more on child trafficking in China via CDT.

January 1, 2013 10:08 AM
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