A Sichuan man who was abducted at the age of five and taken to Fujian province says he used Google Maps to figure out the location of his hometown, according to a Fujian news portal. From Amy Li of the South China Morning Post:
Soon afterwards, a volunteer wrote back with valuable information – a couple from a small town in Sichuan’s Guangan city had lost a son 23 years ago. The time matched Luo’s abduction perfectly.
Luo searched for pictures of the Sichuan town and found they looked familiar to him. To confirm his suspicions, he turned to the satellite version Google Maps. The minute he zoomed in on an area called “Yaojiaba” near the Sichuan town, Luo recognised the two bridges.
“That’s it! That’s my home,” shouted Luo, in tears.
This case bears a striking resemblance to a similar case of an Indian orphan who used Google Maps to find his hometown after being adopted by an Australian family. See also previous CDT coverage of child trafficking in China.