NYT article about child abduction in China

This article from the NYT reports on the abductions of boys in rural China, due to the demand for sons. One of the interesting quotes from this article is about girls.

The extent of the problem is a matter of dispute. The Chinese
government insists there are fewer than 2,500 cases of human
trafficking each year, a figure that includes both women and children.
But advocates for abducted children say there may be hundreds of

Peng, who started an ad hoc group for parents of stolen children, said
some of the girls were sold to orphanages. They are the lucky ones who
often end up in the United States or Europe after adoptive parents pay
fees to orphanages that average $5,000.

Author: JaeRan

Assistant professor at UW Tacoma, writer, and researcher.

2 thoughts

  1. I find this article odd, in its apparent conflation of two separate issues: kidnapping boys for sale to other Chinese families and kidnapping girls for sale to orphanages/international adoption(gulp) or prostitution rings. These seem like very different problems and I can’t see what’s gained by not making that distinction.
    And what WHAT is this business with “the lucky ones”??? I mean, I get that being raised in a family that is not your own beats prostitution, but “lucky”? Ugh.

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