Charlie Custer

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A BBC report this week exposed China’s child trafficking problem to a global audience through the touching tale of Xiao Chaohua, a father whose five-year-old son was kidnapped by traffickers in 2007. It’s a story I am intimately familiar with. Although I have never met Xiao, I met dozens of parents in the same situation, while making a film on the same subject.

Kidnapping and child trafficking have been a problem in modern China since at least the 1980s. This is often presented as an unintended consequence of the one-child policy, but although that policy has been a factor, the truth is more complicated.…  Seguir leyendo »