When Joseph Song was a young boy, he was one of many Chinese children who roamed the streets working for the little money he would never see.
These days, the 19-year-old helps run a sanctuary for street children at what used to be an old chili factory.
More and more Chinese children from impoverished families are sold in what amounts to a slave market. Poor families sell their children to “ren fanzi”, which means “a dealer of children”.
They are told their children will work in a factory. Instead they are forced to beg for money or steal on the lonely, violent streets of China where handlers often fight over their turf.