Police rescued 22 women and children abducted by a human-trafficking ring that operated in southern China for two decades, state media reported Thursday.
Eighteen victims were reunited with family members during an emotional ceremony Wednesday in Nanning city in southern Guangxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
Guangxi police uncovered the ring during a three-month investigation and arrested seven people in coastal Fujian province on July 22, Xinhua said. One of the suspects confessed to police the group had operated since 1989, kidnapping women and children from cities in Guangxi to sell in Fujian.
China Daily looks at unrelated human trafficking rescue missions through the eyes of one police officer, Li Fengqiang:
In the past six years, Li Fengqiang has traveled to more than 16 provinces in China, covering a total distance of more than 30,000 km. And he did it all by himself.
Li is neither an enthusiastic traveler nor a lonely wanderer. He is a policeman from Cangyuan county in Southwest China’s Yunnan province.
His mission is simple, but often fraught with difficulties and danger. He has to save people, mostly women and children, who are victims of human trafficking.
Since 2004, when he took the job in the criminal investigation office of Cangyuan county police bureau, the 40-year-old Li has rescued more than 90 people, 25 of whom are natives of Myanmar.