Police in China have exposed large scale human trafficking in the country.
They have rescued more than 24,000 women and children who had been held captive for human trafficking - the data has been released by the Public Security Ministry of China.
The report provides a few details – like: during 2011, 8660 children had been abducted along with 15458 women and as many as 3200 trafficking gangs had been wiped out.
The rescued children are sent to orphanages till their families are located and identifies confirmed through DNA sampling.
These figures are from the official records but the authorities feel the actual figures might be several times higher because many missing cases are not reported officially.
One of the reasons for human trafficking in women is to fulfill the demand of brides for unwed sons. A second reason is to keep them as laborers. Another reason is the need for male heirs and the strict one-child policy of the country - hence, male boys fetch higher prices and are always in greater demand.
Many of the abducted Chinese women are sold to prostitution rings in foreign locations like Angola.