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Chinese child trafficking victim posts video in wedding dress to find birth parents before ceremony

Written by Javed Iqbal

A Chinese child trafficking victim went viral for posting a video of herself in a wedding dress asking for the public’s help in finding her birth parents before she gets married.

Bai Xuefang, 24, says in the video that she was abducted at the age of 3 or 4 and sold to her current adoptive family of traffickers for 1,000 yuan (about $ 149).

Bai began looking for her biological parents in 2015 after learning the truth about her origins. In her latest attempt to find her parents, she recorded a video of herself wearing a traditional Chinese wedding dress on June 19, hoping they can attend her wedding ceremony.

“As I am about to get married, I hope my biological parents can be present at my wedding ceremony,” Bai says in the video. “I also hope that people who watch the video will be able to help me find my biological parents.”

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Bai, who is from Baoding, Hebei, holding a photograph of herself as a 3-year-old child in the recording, so her biological parents recognize her if they watch the video.

“I found out the truth about my origins when I was 11 years old and often quarreled with my adoptive parents,” says Bai. “They have also often beaten and abused me verbally.”

The victim has no memory of his foster family and has traveled across China in search of them. Bai started working at the age of 17. She currently runs a mobile crepe shop where she posts information about her biological parents in hopes that customers can help her apply.

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Bai and her supportive fiancé soon hope to be reunited with their biological parents. Some viewers of Bai’s video were moved to tears over her determination. Others have also shared similar experiences online.

Child abductions have been a persistent problem in China. In a 2011 report, the Chinese government assessed less than 10,000 children are kidnapped every year; however, the US State Department believes the number is closer to 20,000.

China’s Ministry of Public Security launched a campaign to tackle the issue of women and child trafficking in March, when a video of a mentally ill woman chained in a shed of her husband went viral.

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