Teenage sex slave was a family rebel

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 September, 2005, 12:00am

Parents did not call police when she disappeared

A Hong Kong teenager who was forced into sex slavery in Shenzhen was a rebellious child who had been banished by her parents, her uncle's family said yesterday.

None of 14-year-old's family members called police when she disappeared six months ago.

Since March, the girl has been locked up in an apartment in Henggang county and forced to service up to 10 clients a day.

Shenzhen police rescued her on Sunday after she managed to call a friend, who in turn called a Hong Kong newspaper. A few pimp suspects were taken into custody.

The girl, who was only identified by her family name Chan, is now under the care of Shenzhen police.

'She hates her parents, and they hate her,' said Luo Yanqin , 13, a cousin of the girl. 'She tore up all photos of her parents.'

Born in Hong Kong, the teenager was consigned by her parents to the care of her uncle in Dadun village, Huizhou , four years ago. Since then, her parents have never visited her. They rarely called and only sent money for her on an irregular basis, said her uncle who declined to give his full name. 'They are utterly disappointed with her ... They called only once in a long while. I don't even have their updated Hong Kong phone number,' said Mr Luo, who works as a television repairman in the village.

Mr Luo described his niece as a rebellious and self-indulgent youngster who would not take orders from anyone. 'She would not study and always loafed about with bad guys,' he said. 'Her parents could not look after her in Hong Kong and sent her here, but we could not deal with her.'

She did not seem to get along with the uncle's family.

Most family members except her maternal grandmother showed little interest in reuniting with her.

'I hope she will come home soon,' her 80-year-old grandmother said.