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We love telly: CHINA'S PLIGHT - Pick of the DAY CHINA'S STOLEN CHILDREN C4, 9pm.

Byline: by MAEVE QUIGLEY

THE Dying Rooms shocked the outside world 12 years ago by revealing the deliberate neglect in Chinese orphanages.

Now the same team return to record to China where another unforeseen effect of the country's One Child Policy has been a devastating epidemic in stolen children.

It's estimated that 70,000 children are kidnapped every year and sold to new families - a fact the Chinese government would prefer to keep quiet.

Families who have lost children are banned from talking to foreigners, forcing the documentary makers to film here in secret.

The distress of a mother whose five-year-old son was taken is shattering. "When it's raining, I wonder if he's getting wet," she sobs. Now she and her husband have gone to a private detective for help because the police seem disinterested in finding their child - even though they're sure they know the man responsible.

The brazen attitude of the traffickers as they explain how they'd target particular families is almost beyond belief.

Wang Li, who started out by selling his girlfriend and later his own son, is so convinced he's doing nothing wrong in acting as an agent between buyers and sellers, that he even allows his negotiations to be filmed.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2007
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