Parents of missing children in Dongguan marched at noon on April 18, 2009 to protest the government's inaction in stopping child abductions, a lucrative local business in south China.
According to a loosely organized group of missing parents who are actively looking for their kids, more than 1000 children had been abducted since year 2007 in the city of Dongguan, and more than 500 happened in 2008 alone. Many were taken away from their mother's arms by force in public. In one day October 18, 2008, more than 20 boys were abducted in town of Qingxi of Dongguan.
Toddlers and infants, especially boys were taken and sold to be slaves. Many would have their arms and legs amputated eyes blinded, and be used as beggars. They would then be trained and placed in busy intersections in large cities. Physically disabled kids usually draw more donations from sympathetic passerbys.
Dongguan police said they did not have specific numbers on missing children cases, and whatever numbers the parents are using must be exaggerated. The missing parents showed reporters their detailed names and family contacts of all cases registered voluntarily by parents looking for their kids. Nobody knows the real number, but it could only be larger than what has been known.
The Communist Party Boss in Guangdong Province is Mr. Wang Yang. Wang is known for his steadfast stance of local economy first.