Lessons to Be Learned From Child Kidnapping in China

Smiling young Chinese children at the school playground in Sichuan, China.

Child kidnapping is more rampant than it has ever been before around the globe. (Image: Hupeng via Dreamstime)

Child Kidnapping is more rampant than it has ever been before around the globe. Cases like the following one from China can help parents prepare and avoid something like this ever happening to them.

Irresistible bait  

A young woman dressed up neatly, as if she worked in a corporate office, stands in front of a primary school just before the closing bell rings.  

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Then, as kids happily stream to their awaiting parents, she approaches the mothers and parents, making them an irresistible offer. 

She hands them a flyer for a free piano lesson. 

Usually, one lesson is about US$40. The lady offers a highly discounted price if you buy 5or 10 lessons a pop.  

Then, she offers to anyone who has time now to follow her to the alleged classroom just two blocks away. She says: “I can take you there. Your child can have half an hour free lesson just to get to know the teacher and try their hand at the piano.” 

The unknowing parent agrees and follows the lady to a nice-looking building. The woman asks the parents to stay downstairs because apparently the presence of the parents would be distracting to the child.  

The moment of cold sweat 

After one hour with no sign of the kids, the parents go up to the so-called classroom only to find a locked door. The lady probably never went into any classroom in the first place, but slipped out the back door and disappeared already in the beginning.  

This is happening now! 

Child kidnapping is rampant all over the world. Shadowed silhouette of the back of a child looking out the window at a plane.
A child looking out of the window of an airport. Parents’ trust is often misused in cases of kidnapping. Many children are sold the international child trafficking rings. (Image: via Wikimedia Commons)

What are the main causes of child kidnapping? 

The main motive for child kidnapping is sexual assault. According to Finkelhor, who also serves as the director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center: “Kids who are abducted by strangers tend to be not really young children, but children who may be sought after as a sex object,” he claims.  

Child kidnapping in China 

Child trafficking and kidnapping have been a problem in China for decades. In 2015, it was estimated that almost 2,000 children were being abducted each year.  

According to a BBC report on Child abduction in China: “Many of them are sold into adoption, both domestically and overseas.”  

Which county has the most Child disappearances? 

According to statistics by safe at last on child kidnapping, New Zealand is the country with the highest child abduction rate. This may sound surprising, but indeed, according to statistics, New Zealand has the highest number of child disappearances worldwide. In 2018, 9.5 cases per 100,000 citizens were reported.  

The global missing children problem 

According to estimates, 8 million children are reported missing each year around the world. Of the number of missing children around the world, approximately 8,000 go missing in the U.S., according to the latest U.S. Department of Justice research.  

Great progress finding missing children 

The methods of finding missing children are steadily improving. As the world is becoming more interconnected, so are its law enforcement institutions too.  

Parents happily kissing their child.
Parents happily kissing their child. The reunion of parents and a missing child must be one of the greatest gifts. (Image: via PXHere)

The International Center for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC) says: “In most of the developed world (North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand), there are strong laws on missing children, protocols in place, and central registries, etc. There is now a national center for missing and exploited children in Canada, South Korea, Taiwan, and the UK,” and a growing number of other countries.  

The ICMEC has built a global missing children network spanning 22 countries.  

“Every child deserves a safe childhood,” said Ernie Allen, President and CEO of ICMEC.  

“It is essential that governments around the world make a commitment to locate and recover missing children. They need to ensure rapid response to missing child cases and provide law enforcement with the resources and training they need for handling missing child cases.” 

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