Friday, December 31, 2010
Kidnapped Children in China-I
Finally, the Chinese government began to crackdown on child trafficking early this year. The state-controlled CCTV broadcasted the top ten kidnapped criminals in China. Currently, a number of people have created an outcry over the internet reporting that children, in particular boys, ranging in age from 100 days to 8 years, have been kidnapped from poor and interior provinces, such Shanxi and Yunnan Provinces. A child may be sold for anywhere from 7,000 to 40,000 yuan (about $1,000-$5,000), depending on the age and sex. In one case, a son of a working couple was missing for years after he was kidnapped near their house. The parents have looked for their son for years, but without a good result. One day, the father made a business trip to interior China. When the father got off the station, suddenly a beggar kid grappled his right leg to beg . When the father offered money to this dirty boy, the beggar still grappled his leg and was crying saying something which the father did not understand. As the father took a look at the boy again carefully, he realized that the boy resembled his missing son. When the father checked the neck of the beggar, he found the boy had a birthmark in the neck. It is his missing son. “Where were you? What happen to you? Why don’t you say something? Son?,” said the father. When the beggar cried opening his mouth, the father realized that the son’s tongue has been cut off.
After growing up and studying in China and Japan, Dr. Suganuma went to the U.S. for graduate studies, earning master’s degrees at both St. John's University (in Chinese studies) and Syracuse University (in international relations) as well as a Ph.D. (in geography) from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.