26 May '11, 3am

Saving kidnapped kids from streets of crime

Saving kidnapped kids from streets of crime

By Cui Jia in Beijing, Shi Jing in Shanghai and Shao Wei in Xinjiang Rescuing children kidnapped from the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region and forced into a life of crime in cities across the country has become a national priority. The children often roam in gangs and face exploitation and severe punishment from their so-called minders. Their presence on the streets of big cities across the country has been a major problem for the authorities. Click on thumbnail to view (Photos: China Daily/ANN) "When I think of Xinjiang, the first thing I think of are the delicious lamb kebabs. But what worries me the most is the vagrant Xinjiang children," said Xu Weilun, 26, a lawyer from Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province. There are many of these children in Xi'an, he said, and they are often found lifting wallets or mobile phones. RELATED STORIES A village that relies on child beggars...

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