Target: Director of China’s Ministry of Public Security’s Anti-trafficking Office, Chen Shiqu
Goal: Thank the Chinese police for rescuing babies in a child trafficking bust
Thirty-eight children were saved by the Chinese police following the takedown of a child trafficking ring in the Shandong province. The majority of the babies suffered from serious diseases and starvation. They were sold for up to $12,000 each to potential buyers. Male babies were reportedly sold at a higher rate than female babies. Applaud the police officers for rescuing the malnourished children.
CNN reports that the authorities arrested over 100 individuals that they suspected to be a part of the trafficking or purchasing of the babies. After the bust, authorities were able to take seven suspects into custody that they believed to be directly involved. The police became suspicious after noticing a group of pregnant women heading into a abandoned building back in July 2014. After closer inspection, they found more evidence of the building being an illegitimate delivery room for the pregnant women.
During the whole sting operation, investigators discovered that the sellers were awaiting prospective buyers and transporting the children in large handbags and suitcases. They were also seen being transported to hospitals for infectious diseases. Few of the children were healthy, and it was later discovered that the majority of the babies were born with HIV/AIDS.
Child trafficking has become a major concern in China. The law in China states that child traffickers can be jailed for up to 10 years for selling more than three children or sentenced to death. Please sign this petition to thank the Chinese police for busting this child trafficking ring, saving the 38 children, and arresting over 100 suspects believed to be involved.
Dear Chen Shiqu,
It is horrible that people would sell babies suffering from serious infectious diseases and malnutrition in order to make a profit, and I was elated to hear that the Chinese police were able to rescue 38 children from a child trafficking ring in the Shandong province.
I understand that Chinese law states that child traffickers can be jailed up to 10 years for selling more than three children, but I think that should be changed to one child. It is outrageous the lengths people go to in order to make money. These poor children never deserved to start their lives in large handbags, being immediately transported to potential buyers.
Thank you and the entire police force for taking on this sting operation and saving the 38 children that were involved. I hope that you will be able to detain and punish every person who was involved in this child trafficking ring.
[Your Name Here]
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