Father saves son from human traffickers while out shopping nine months after abduction

Father saves son from human traffickers while out shopping nine months after abduction

I remember being around 10 years old, waiting around in an airport before my family and I departed for a week or two away. I wandered off on my own to go to the bathroom, and could not for the life of me understand why my dad got so upset with me for doing so. Now that I'm older, it makes a little more sense.

I don't have any children, but it's clear to me from those I know that do (and my own parents) that your kids really do mean the world to you. Whether they are having a screaming tantrum or being adorable, there isn't anything you wouldn't do for them. So it's every parent's greatest fear that their child could go missing or be abducted.

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When a child does go missing, as was the case with Madeleine McCann, it can be almost impossible to find them again after a certain point. The child ages and begins to look different, the kidnappers can cut their hair or change their clothes, and the world is simply a monumentally huge place to find one person in. But sometimes, you just get lucky, like this father in China - who saved his abducted son after running into him months later.

The six-year-old child was spotted by his father in a shopping mall a full nine months after he went missing. He was accompanied by three suspected human traffickers at the time, who were all promptly arrested by the police.

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The boy, named Cheng Jiafu, was taken on May 27 2016 at the Matang Village in Qingyuan, Guyndong, according to a post by People's Daily. Chen Zhonghong, the boy's father, had to go to work that day, so left his son at home along with his elder sister. Two hours after he left, a neighbour visited the home, and the sister told them that her brother had been taken by a stranger.

According to Qingxin News, Zhouhong bumped into the kidnappers while walking in a shopping mall in Qingxin Town Plaza on February 21 this year. He immediately jumped into action, snatching his child back as soon as he recognised him. He then called the local police, and officers quickly arrived to arrest the trio - who were known by their surnames: Chen, Li and Ou.

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A trial was held by the Qingxin People's Court on November 10, and the sentences dished out weren't exactly as brutal as you would expect for such a crime. The judge believed that Mr. Ou had the intent to sell children, including Jiafu, so sentenced him to six years in prison as well as a 10,000 ($1,500) yuan fine. Ms. Li and Mr. Chen were given three years and two years in jail respectively, for their assistance in the child abduction.

I know very little about how the usual prison sentences given for child abduction, but given that this group were taking children from their homes and trafficking them - these punishments seem a little short, don't they?