Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children from trafficking network

The arrests follow a six-month investigation

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More than 90 children have been rescued and 301 suspects arrested in a huge human trafficking swoop, China's Ministry of Public Security has said.

The ministry said the operation spanned 11 provinces, and targeted a network which allegedly stole, bought and sold children in Henan province in central China and other provinces.

It said the group targeted children in the south-western Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and transported them to other provinces for sale.

The arrests, made on 11 September following a six-month investigation, were reported by China Central Television and state news agency Xinhua.

Child abduction is a major problem in China, spurred by family planning laws and a traditional preference for boys.