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Son lost to human traffickers reunited with dad after 20 years

A man, who lost his son to human traffickers more than 20 years ago, was reunited with him last month. Father and son tell Xu Wei their stories in Chongqing.
For Hu Shangming, a major part of the last 21 years of his life was spent searching and waiting for his son, who was abducted by human traffickers. The 50-year-old resident of Chongqing municipality spent two years desperately looking for his son, who was abducted in January 1991.

After using up his savings in the quest, he decided to wait at the exact spot where his son was abducted in the hope that his son would find him there. "Over the years, I've turned from being a fruit vendor to running a teahouse, but I've not moved from the same location," Hu says.

In 2011, local police who were investigating human traffickers, reopened Hu's case. They took Hu's DNA sample to match those at the national DNA bank for abducted children. And that, ended Hu's wait.

Hu was reunited with his son in Xiamen, Fujian province, on June 2 this year.
"I knew I would find him one day," he says.

Even though it has been two decades, the memory of the day when his son was abducted remains fresh in Hu's mind.

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