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Kidnapped and sold, a little girl uses social media to find her way home

Kidnapped and sold, a little girl uses social media to find her way home
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In China, tens of thousands of children are kidnapped and sold every year.  It's heartbreaking, and this girl's story is nothing short of a miracle.

In 2005, a little 6-year-old girl was taken outside of her school and sold to a family hundreds of miles away. You have to read the incredible true story of how she used the Internet to find her way home.

Her father said: "I remember the day she vanished as if it was yesterday. It was December 18, 2005, and I was supposed to meet her at school at 12 ... but when I got there she had vanished and nobody knew where she was. It was as if she had simply been swallowed up by the earth, nobody had seen anything."

Friends and neighbors helped to look for her, but to no avail. She wasn't anywhere close enough to be found, because she had been kidnapped and driven hundreds of miles away to be sold.

The girl, whose name has been withheld, was sold to a childless family. She told them that she wanted to go back to her parents, but the traffickers that had kidnapped her from her school told her new family that her parents didn't want her.

Her new family thought that they were being kind, but they were keeping the little girl against her will. Meanwhile, her father never stopped looking for her. He spent everything he had and went deep into debt, traveling all over China to find his lost daughter.

The only thing the girl could remember about herself was her last name and the name of her village.

She said: "They [Her new family] gave me pocket money and I managed to save up some coins and I decided to go and search for my parents myself, and in 2009 I went to the train station to try and get home, but nobody had heard of the village. I had to go back home and give up my dream then, but I didn't stop hoping."

When she was a little older, she learned how to use the Internet and stumbled across a story about an Indian boy that had been accidentally separated from his family, but had finally tracked them down using Google Earth.

The girl, now a 15-year-old, wasn't sure that she could remember the geography, so she decided to reach out through social media to see if anyone had heard of the name of her village.

Amazingly, almost immediately after posting her question, she received a response from a woman who had heard of the village, and had even seen lost posters about the little girl.

The woman got in touch with the girl's father and he looked the girl up online. He said: "I knew it was her as soon as I saw the pictures, and we called police."

The police contacted the girl and her new family, and after a DNA analysis they reunited the father and daughter. They also questioned the girl about her disappearance and learned that she had been kidnapped at school by a woman who said the girl's parents had sent her. Then the kidnapper and her husband had driven the girl to a different province and sold her.

The adopted parents of the girl apologized to the father and daughter for not believing her stories, and gave the police enough information to lead to the arrest of the two kidnappers.

Her father said: "I want to see them punished but the main thing is I now have my wonderful daughter back. I'm disappointed to see that she was allowed to drop out of school by her new family, but as soon as we get her back home we will enroll her and make sure she completes a good education. She said that she never felt right there or part of the family, but now that she's back home she is determined to concentrate on her studies."

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Source: Mirror
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