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Pregnant girl in hospital abducted from foreign country, say Chinese police

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 October, 2016, 2:13pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 October, 2016, 4:19pm

A pregnant girl believed to be an abducted foreign minor was taken away by police from a hospital in eastern China after a doctor examining her became suspicious and the authorities were called.

Police said they had confirmed the girl was of foreign nationality and had been abducted, mainland media reports.

The girl was accompanied to the hospital in Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, for an obstetric examination on Tuesday by a middle-aged man and woman who claimed she was 20, but the doctor suspected she was much younger, the City Morning Post reported.

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The doctor learned from the girl, who spoke limited Chinese, that she came from a remote southwestern area but had no documentation to prove her identity.

The 35-year-old man and 47-year-old woman accompanying the girl shouted at the doctor for asking so many questions, with the man even threatening to “blow up the hospital”, the report said.

The hospital then called the local police, who took the girl and the accompanying adults to the police station for questioning.

The verified Weibo account of the local police posted a statement on Friday morning saying the man and woman were suspected of abduction and human trafficking. The woman had been arrested on charges of abducting and trafficking in women and children, the statement said, without mentioning any charges for the man.

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The girl’s identification and age had not yet been confirmed, the statement said.

With the help of a translator, the girl had been confirmed to come from another country but it was still unknown how she travelled to Xuzhou or what relationship there was between her and the man, the report said.

Human trafficking in women and children has become a severe problem in China in recent years as the one child policy that was implemented for more than three decades, as well as the preference for male children in underdeveloped areas have caused difficulties for men of marriageable age to find spouses, and as families want more children.