A Chinese dad who lost his son to human traffickers nine months ago was able to get him back after he bumped into the boy and his abductors by chance at a shopping mall.
The father, identified as Chen Zhouhong, reportedly saw his 6-year-old son Cheng Jiafu accompanied by three suspected human traffickers at Qingxin Town Plaza, on Feb. 21, 2017. Zhouhong snatched the boy from his captors and immediately called the authorities right at the scene to have the trio apprehended.
The suspects, identified only by their surnames Ou, Chen, and Li, were soon arrested by the responding police officers, according to Qingxin News (via Daily Mail).
Court documents revealed that the boy was taken by a stranger from their home on May 27, 2016, at the Matang Village in Qingyuan, Guangdong.
Zhonghong said that he left his son and eldest daughter at home when he went to work that day. The sister would later tell a visiting neighbor that her brother had been abducted by an unknown individual.
During a trial on the case held on Nov. 10 at the Qingxin People’s Court, presiding judge Hou Zhaoxing concluded that Ou had intended to sell the boy to other families.
Ou is set to serve a six-year imprisonment and pay a fine of 10,000 yuan ($1,500). Li was given a three-year prison sentence while and Chen received a two-year imprisonment, both on child abduction charges.
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