Target: The President of China, Xi Jinping
Goal: Halt the trafficking of babies in China
The growing demand for healthy babies has caused child trafficking to become a serious concern. Traffickers see this as an opportunity to make a profit off of trafficking and selling babies to eager adoptive parents in China as well as many other countries. The Chinese police have continued to bust child trafficking rings, but they only seem to just scratch the surface of the vast trafficking system.
The Chinese police recently rescued 382 babies from being trafficked and sold in one day alone. They also arrested 1,094 people who were suspected of buying or selling the babies online. The thousand who were arrested used online instant chat rooms to sell infants, which prompted the police to further investigate. What they uncovered was a virtual black market where child traffickers conducted their business and connected with their potential buyers. The virtual black market consisted of four websites, online forums and groups on a popular Chinese messaging platform.
Although their recent operation was successful, the fact that the trade of infants is being conducted online makes it more difficult for the police to arrest the people involved. It also makes it easier for the traffickers to hide and connect with prospective buyers. Sign this petition and halt the trade of infants.
Dear President Xi Jinping,
It has come to my attention that the Chinese police have recently been successful in their child trafficking sting operation. For that, I applaud them. But I fear that due to the trafficking of infants being conducted online, it may be nearly impossible to completely find and eradicate all of the child trafficking businesses.
The babies who are being trafficked are in every way innocent and need to be rescued. Some of these babies are taken away from their mothers who were tricked into believing that their babies were sick and should be given away. Last month, a doctor in Central China was arrested after it was discovered that she persuaded her patients to give up their babies. There are so many innocent parties that have been affected by the traffickers’ need to make a profit.
The efforts of the Chinese police in their recent sting operation are commendable, but I believe that there are still many other child trafficking rings that are still trafficking infants. I urge you to continue to make more efforts to completely eradicate the trafficking of infants.
[Your Name Here]
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