Police in central China have rescued more than 200 people, including dozens of children, who had allegedly been forced into slave labour. Around 120 people were detained in a crackdown filmed by state television as officials from Henan and Shanxi province were sent to make checks at thousands of brickworks.
Parents of children who have been missing for months wept as they saw the footage. Such shocking reports are fast becoming national news in China thanks to an online petition launched by parents. Even the Communist Party’s official newspaper, the People’s Daily, is covering the story.
It says at least 1,000 children have been kidnapped near train and bus stations and sold to work as slaves.