12-year-old kid­nap vic­tim rescued

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By CANG WEI in Nan­jing cang­wei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Two sus­pects in­volved in the al­leged ab­duc­tion and pur­chase of a 12-year-old Viet­namese girl have been de­tained by Xuzhou po­lice in Jiangsu prov­ince.

Ac­cord­ing to the Xuzhou peo­ple’s procu­ra­torate, the girl was taken to Xinyang, He­nan prov­ince, in 2014 by two Viet­namese traf­fick­ers. She was then “adopted” by a woman sur­named Xie in Xuzhou.

In May, Xie in­tro­duced the girl to a 35-year-old man sur­named Liu, who later paid her 30,000 yuan ($4,500) as a be­trothal gift. Liu and the girl then lived un­der the pre­text of hus­band and wife in a re­mote vil­lage in Tong­shan dis­trict.

On Oct 4, Liu and a fe­male rel­a­tive took the girl for a pre­na­tal ex­am­i­na­tion at the XuzhouNo 4 Peo­ple’sHospi­tal and claimed that she was 20 years old. Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that the girl was 12 weeks preg­nant, a doc­tor called po­lice as she ap­peared much younger.

“The girl can only un­der­stand very sim­ple Chi­nese and was­re­luc­tant to com­mu­ni­cate,” said a doc­tor sur­named Zhang.

“The two peo­ple ac­com­pa­ny­ing her re­fused to let her talk to oth­ers. They even threat­ened to blow up the hospi­tal af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that some med­i­cal work­ers tried to call the po­lice,” the doc­tor said.

Some pa­tients and se­cu­rity work­ers at the hospi­tal also called the po­lice af­ter notic­ing the girl’s ap­pear­ance and the at­ti­tude of the two peo­ple who ac­com­pa­nied her.

Both Xie de­tained.

The­news about the girl went vi­ral on China’s so­cial me­dia and an­gered many peo­ple.

Lo­cal po­lice have gone to He­nan prov­ince to catch oth­ers in­volved in the ab­duc­tion.

The lo­cal procu­ra­torate im­me­di­ately or­dered a ju­ve­nile crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion depart­ment to probe the case.

Lo­cal po­lice said more in­for­ma­tion will be re­leased af­ter the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted.

News of Viet­namese women and girls sold to Chi­nese men liv­ing in ru­ral ar­eas are re­ported from time to time in China. In Septem­ber, po­lice in Yun­nan prov­ince saved 32 kid­napped Viet­namese women and de­tained 75 Viet­namese and Chi­nese sus­pects. and Liu were

DAI ZHEN­HUA / FOR CHINA DAILY

A back­hoe works to dig out a trapped wild ele­phant in Xishuang­banna, Yun­nan prov­ince, on Tues­day. The an­i­mal, along with two com­pan­ions, fell into a 4-me­ter­deep pond and couldn’t get out. Seven­teen other ele­phants gath­ered at the site, as if want­ing to save their un­for­tu­nate friends. Res­cuers drove away the herd and man­aged to re­shape the edge of the pond to set the an­i­mals free.

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