Few reports even touch upon the legal consequences for couples who long ago bought these abducted children from traffickers.
reports, either in newspaper or on television, about teenagers or grown-ups that have found their way back to their genetic parents, either on their own or with the help of government and charity organizations, after living with the “parents” who have bought them from traffickers for years, even decades.
Almost all media paint a very soothing picture of these scenarios, with the newly reunited families hugging one another surrounded by smiling neighbors. It seems as if the returnee has just finished a long journey and has arrived back home after a long absence.
Fewreports even touch upon the legal consequences for couples who long ago bought these abducted children from traffickers.
Whenever I read or see such reports, a big question thunders inmy head: What kind of punishment should these buyers of kids receive, who might, as a result of living together with trafficked children for a long time and hiding the true stories from them, have nurtured strong emotional ties with the child they have stolen from others.
Here comes a typical case where emotion overtakes laws. The genetic parents should have a thousand good reasons for hating the buyers, because they cannot easily forget how many sleepless, desperate nights they have been experiencing since their kids left them for an unknown place without saying goodbye.
But knowing their children have suffered a lot, the genetic parents really have no heart to rub more salt on their wounds by bringing the buyers of their abducted children to court.
There needs to be a stricter lawtargeting these buyers that sends them to jail, no matter how long they have been raising the children and no matter how well they have been treating them.
Only by doing that, can we send a strong warning to the potential buyers of trafficked children.
When the buying stops, the trafficking will too. The author is a senior editor with China Daily. email@example.com