A shocking video of a young Chinese boy being kidnapped off the back of a moving bicycle and taken away in a van in the middle of the day has gone viral online, according to various sources.
The footage of the abduction was first posted on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, on August 27 under the headline “too brutal.” The video was later confirmed as being real by Hunan Economic TV, the Shanghai Daily, and Beijing Time.
The video shows a woman riding an electric bicycle with two children, one in front and one in back. Just as she passes a blue van stopped nearby, a man jumps out and snatches the child in the rear. The kidnapper manages to drive away before the woman can stop him.
This recent video highlights just how considerable China’s kidnapping problem actually is. While it is impossible to know for certain, the nature of the attack suggests that the kidnapper was likely a child trafficker.
Around 70,000 children are kidnapped and sold illegally on the black market every year in China. Some estimate that the number of annual child trafficking incidents could actually be as high as 200,000. Sadly, only around 0.1 percent of these kids are ever returned to their parents.
After seeing the video, many Chinese netizens on Weibo called on the government to take a hard-line stance against child trafficking. “There should be more severe punishments for child trafficking!”
The following is the video of the abduction:
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