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 biological parents before getting married.
Bai Xuefang, 24, says in the video that she was kidnapped at the age of 3 or 4 and sold to her current adoptive family by smugglers for 1,000 yuan (about $149).
Bai set out to find her biological parents in 2015 after learning the truth about her parentage. In her latest attempt to find her parents, she recorded a video on June 19 of her wearing a traditional Chinese wedding dress in the hopes that they can attend her wedding ceremony.
“Since I am getting married soon, I hope my biological parents can attend my wedding ceremony,” Bai says in the video. “I also hope that people who see the video can help me find my biological parents.”
Bai, who is? from Baoding, Hebei, hold a photo of herself as a 3-year-old child in the recording so her biological parents will recognize her when they see the video.
“I discovered the truth about my parentage when I was 11 years old and often argued with my adoptive parents,” Bai says. “They often beat and abused me.”
The victim does not remember her birth family and has traveled through China in search of them. Bai started working at the age of 17. She currently runs a mobile crepe stand, posting information about her biological parents in the hopes that customers can help her find it.
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Bai and her supportive fiancé hope to reunite with her biological parents soon. Some viewers of Bai’s video were moved to tears by her determination. Others have shared similar experiences online.
Child abductions are an ongoing problem in China. In a 2011 report, the Chinese government estimated less than 10,000 every year children are kidnapped; however, the US State Department believes the number is closer to 20,000.
China’s Ministry of Public Security launched a campaign in March to tackle the issue of trafficking in women and children when a video of a mentally ill woman chained in a barn by her husband went viral.
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