New DNA Database in China to Address Child Trafficking
Saturday, February 12, 2011
DNA testing is being used to help abducted children reunite with their families in China. The Ministry of Public Security in China announced that the public can now dial 110, a new police hotline if they suspect children are being organized or forced to beg on the streets. "Addressing child trafficking and organized begging by minors needs the joint efforts of all sectors of society," said Chen Shiqu, head of the anti-trafficking office under the ministry. Chen said once police receive a report from the public they will go to the scene and investigate the case. Authorities will take blood samples of minors whose identities are unclear and their DNA records will be included in the national anti-trafficking DNA database, according to Chen. By the very first day of the campaign, the new procedures succeeded in helping six abducted children reunite with their families.
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