The World of Chinese


- – A.H.

Sun Haiyang, the father of an abducted child whose story inspired the 2014 film Dearest, has reunited with his son after 14 years of searching, attracting wellwishes from the public and calls for harsher punishment­s for child traffickin­g.

Sun’s son, originally named Sun Zhuo, was abducted in Shenzhen when he was 4 years old and has been raised by a family nearly 2,000 kilometers away in Liaocheng, Shandong province. Now 18, Sun Zhuo chose to return to his birth parents, but told journalist­s he does not want his “adoptive” parents to be charged with a crime.

The traffickin­g suspect, surnamed Wu, faces up to ten years in prison. Media have advocated equal punishment for human trafficker­s and buyers as the only way to truly deter child kidnappers. According to the government’s “Reunion” alert system for missing children, 4,801 children have been reported missing since 2016, and 4,707 have been found.

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