Study shows traffickers target railway stations in search of female victims
2016-08-13 12:52:00

A study by a southern Chinese court revealed that trafficking of women mostly happened at railway stations and that most victims were forced into prostitution, Southern Metropolis Daily reported.

The Intermediate People's Court of Guangzhou City in Guangdong Province made the report after analyzing 90 cases of human trafficking from 2010 to 2015, in which 125 culprits received criminal penalties.

It said 70 percent of the women were trafficked to other regions in Guangzhou, with the victims hailing from Henan, Fujian, Yunnan and other provinces. Neither hometown origin or destination of victims showed any geographical concentration.

It revealed that victims were generally young, with the youngest at 15 years. Seven cases occurred at Guangzhou railway stations, where predators usually approach women in the name of introducing jobs or helping find relatives.

Some women were also nabbed in public places where they were accosted by strangers, offices where offenders paid rent with an intent to deceive, or by falling prey during the search for online love.

Among the victims, 39 were ultimately forced to become prostitutes and several sold to be wives.

There are various reasons behind the trafficking of children, but the leading one is to sell them to families who want to adopt, according to the report. Most child victims were under three years old, with the youngest less than six days and the oldest 12.

In Guangzhou, six children were sold by their own parents, with reasons ranging from extramarital affairs to broken family relationships and failing to reach legal marriage age.

Children can become victims of trafficking at any time and any place due to a guardian's attention waning just a little bit, according to the report.

Human traffickers are mainly men, though women account for 18.4 percent, higher in relation to other forms of crime.

Nationally, a total of 12,963 traffickers and buyers were punished in 7,719 cases from 2010 to 2014. Editor:Nicky