Chinese street children struggle to survive

160 Chinese Children 200412 From CTV.ca:

When Joseph Song was a young boy, he was one of many Chinese 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.

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