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China busts trafficking ring, 89 children rescued

Published on Dec 24, 2012 10:42 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese police have rescued 89 children and arrested 355 suspects after busting a series of child trafficking rings, officials said on Monday.

Officers from nine regions, including Fujian, Yunnan, Sichuan, Anhui and Guangdong, took part in a joint drive beginning on Dec 18 against the networks, said Chen Shiqu, director of the anti-trafficking office in the public security ministry.

The children are being cared for in local nursing homes and police are searching for their parents, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

"We will collect the children's DNA and use it to find their parents within a national DNA database established for anti-trafficking purposes," it quoted Mr Chen as saying.

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