BEIJING -- Chinese authorities say 92 abducted children have been rescued in a police operation that netted 301 suspects in a massive child trafficking scheme.
The Ministry of Public Security said late Friday that police forces from 11 provinces were involved in the operation to break up a network that stole, bought and sold children in Henan province in central China and other provinces, including Yunnan, Sichuan and Guangxi in the southwest.
Child abduction is a major problem in China where such police operations have become regular occurrences as authorities crack down on child trafficking.
Strict family planning laws, a traditional preference for boys, ignorance of the law, poverty and illicit profits drive a thriving market in babies and children. China also plans to introduce laws to punish buyers of children.