Network to find abductees planned
Mimi Lau in Guangzhou
The Ministry of Public Security and the National Women's Association are planning a national network to track down and rescue kidnapped women and children.
The ministry announced the new joint measure on its website yesterday, and will establish a mechanism for reporting suspected abduction cases. It will also provide information on the victims after rescue.
Authorities launched a nationwide operation to crack down on abductions from April last year, according to Southern Weekend. In this, the fifth crackdown on crime, 17,673 women and children had been rescued as of the end of last month. However, during the same period, about 10,000 new cases occurred.
Under the new joint measures, all levels of the National Women's Association, from the street to the county chapters, are to report children and women who might have been kidnapped to the hotline 12338 and to local police stations.
Police have to launch investigations immediately after receiving reports from the chapters of the National Women's Association. Police will take DNA samples of women and children who appear to have been abducted, for a national database.
Media reports said that 23 schoolchildren had been kidnapped last year in Shenzhen alone.