Abducted Girl Back With Dad After 10-Year Hunt

A teenager taken by traffickers is reunited with her father, bringing to an end his decade-long search across China.


Cheng Ying (pictured with her father) was aged just six in 2005 when she was taken by traffickers in Xi’an City, the capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi province.
When her father arrived at school to pick her up, she was nowhere to be seen and he called police.

In the years since, Cheng Zhu has travelled across the country trying to find his daughter, putting photos of her on the internet so people would recognise her if they saw her. He met many other parents whose children had gone missing while on his search and from the start of 2008, he collected photos and information about abducted children and displayed them on his mini-van.

Mr Cheng finally learned of his daughter’s whereabouts after she went online and was approached by a woman who learned her story and offered to help her. The girl, who is now 15, revealed that she had been kidnapped by a woman who sold her to a couple, desperate for children, in central China’s Henan Province. Ying said: “I think she can feel for me as she is a mother, so I told her my story. She found out files about my father looking for me, saying she might have found out my parents.”

Mr. Cheng displayed images of missing children on his van to help others. The teenager has now been reunited with her father, who had to wait for eight days for DNA confirmation despite recognising her immediately. “The eight days were even harder for me than the past decade. I was so close to my child, within 10 metres, but I just couldn’t give her a hug,” he said.

Local police have now seized six suspects involved in the child-trafficking. Mr Cheng said he drove his van 200,000km over 10 provinces and spent about 400,000 yuan (£42,500) looking for his daughter.

Sky News. “Abducted Girl Back With Dad After 10-Year Hunt”. Web Post, http://news.sky.com/story/1419784/abducted-girl-back-with-dad-after-10-year-hunt Web Feb 02, 2015.



    • I can see a great sermon illustration in this article.
      The father searched faithfully from the time she was lost until she was found;
      he knew exactly who he was looking for;
      they recognized each other.

      10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10

      10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
      7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:1-11

      Jim Sisco
      February 3, 2015, @ 8:34 am

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