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China's Stolen Children (2007)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  8 October 2007 (UK)
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Ten years after the policy-changing and award-winning film, The Dying Rooms, the same team returns to a very different China where the infamous One Child Policy has had the horrific side ... See full summary »


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Ten years after the policy-changing and award-winning film, The Dying Rooms, the same team returns to a very different China where the infamous One Child Policy has had the horrific side effect of a boom in stolen children. With extraordinary access to devastated parents desperately searching for their stolen son; a man who brokers the deals and has sold his own offspring; and prospective parents grappling with giving up their soon-to-be-born daughter through lack of options, we are brought face to face with the crisis that such a stringent government policy has created among China's poorest people. Beautiful, haunting, deeply tragic, but impossible to ignore, this film takes us into the heart of modern China. A place where girl babies are being sold for 3,000-4,000 RMB (£200-270); detectives specialise in finding kidnapped children; and child traffickers are so relaxed about the trade they ply, that they allow the film-makers to covertly record them buying and selling tiny human ... Written by Anonymous

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$1000 for a boy, $450 for a girl ...
15 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

... and price goes up $300 if the kid is cute and down if the child is a newborn (newborns takes more work to raise). If the child is an unattractive girl, in the words of one child trafficker ... "you can't even give them away". If the child goes to a wealthy family, the price is lower (parents feel better about selling their kids into a better life).

It's been almost 30 years since China instituted its One Child Policy and this documentary focuses on one of the unfortunate side-effects: the black market for children. Child traders (or "traffickers") really believe they're performing a needed service for people so they are very comfortable talking about it.

The candid commentary from these traffickers are heartbreaking to hear. You hear about how they buy kids, sell kids, and even kidnap kids to meet growing demand. They even talk about how they stop them from crying all the time. In short, they describe the whole process from start to finish.

A trafficker even allows the filmmakers to record a deal he makes between a buyer and seller. But that's nowhere as intense as the video of a 16 year old girl who is "snatched" away from sex-traders by a PI and her parents who have tracked her down. The mother just breaks down and cries.

Although the first 35 minutes are pretty slow, by 40 minutes in, you won't be able to stop watching. It's both tragic and captivating to watch - just realize that before you start.

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