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Kidnapped And Sold: Inside The Dark World Of Child Trafficking In China

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Wang Bangyin breaks down as he hugs his rescued son at Guiyang Welfare Center for Children in Guiyang, southwest China's Guizhou province on October 29, 2009, as Wang's son was among the 60 children police rescued from human traffickers. Police in China have set up a website aimed at locating the families of up to 60 children recovered during a six-month crackdown on human trafficking, state press reported. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty

In March 2011, Rose Candis had the worst lunch of her life. Sitting at a restaurant in Shaoguan, a small city in South China, the American mother tried hard not to vomit while her traveling companion translated what the man they were eating with had just explained: her adopted Chinese daughter Erica had been purchased, and then essentially resold to her for profit. The papers the Chinese orphanage had shown her documenting how her daughter had been abandoned by the side of a road were fakes. The tin of earth the orphanage had given her so that her daughter could always keep a piece of her home with her as she grew up in the U.S. was a fraud, a pile of dirt from the place her daughter's paperwork was forged, not where she was born. Candis had flown thousands of miles to answer her daughter Erica's question -- who are my birth parents? -- but now she was further from the answer than ever.

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