Desperate parents whose children have been abducted in Yunnan province have accused local police of conspiring with the gangs that snatched their offspring. At least 182 children have been abducted in the provincial capital of Kunming during the past three years. Yesterday morning, a delegation of 31 parents filed a formal complaint with the Ministry of Public Security in Beijing. The local police in Kunming had been indifferent to the abductions, the parents told a ministry official, and they even believed the police had conspired with the child snatchers in some instances. 'In one case, a family managed to find their abducted son and they gave the police information that would lead them to the culprit,' said Li Qifang , one of the parents. 'But the police said: 'Since you have found your child there is no point in tracking the culprits down so just forget about it'.' Of the 182 kidnapped children, only four had been found, Mr Li added. 'But even they were found by the children's families, not by the police.' The gangs sell the victims to childless couples or those unable to have more children because of the one-child policy. The parents also complained that when they made phone calls to notify the police that their children had been abducted, the police did not turn up to take a report. 'Parents have to go to the police station and beg police officers to look into the case,' Mr Li said. An official at the Ministry of Public Security told the parents yesterday that he would report their concerns to the Minister of Public Security, Zhou Yongkang . 'We will also summon Yunnan police officials to Beijing this week to find a solution,' he said. Many of the parents were pleased with the official's reaction, but others were sceptical that the meeting would produce any results. Mr Li said the ministry had told him in 2002 the problem would be resolved.