NANJING, Feb. 4 (Xinhuanet) -- A new program to
prevent the kidnapping of Chinese girls and young women, with financing from the
International Labor Organization (ILO), was inaugurated in Nanjing, capital of
east China's Jiangsu Province, on Thursday.
A provincial committee was set up
on the same day to give guidance in executing the program, called "The China
program on prevention of kidnapping female children and young women with the
purpose of exploitation in labor."
The new program, with 2.25 million US dollars in
financing from the representative office to China of ILO's international
development department in Britain, is a four-year scheme developed by ILO in
cooperation with 11 Chinese organizations, including the All-China Women's
The new program is intended to spread the experience
gained in another similar ILO-financed project designed to fight human
trafficking in Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam carried out between
February 2002 and May 2003, according to Bai Zhiying, chairwoman of the Jiangsu
Provincial Women's Association.
With migrant females between 12 and 24 as the target
group, thenew program is aimed at building a cooperation mechanism with a
diverse participation on prevention of kidnapping women and children via
comprehensive measures and actions, and to reduce and eventually wipe out cases
of forced labor or kidnapping of girls and young women among the migrant
population, said Bai.
As an economically developed region on east China
coast, Jiangsu is one of the main recipients of China's migrant population and
is home to 12 million migrant people, 1.25 million of whom are teenage girls and
young women between 12 and 24.
According Bai, in addition to Jiangsu, the new
program will also cover Guangdong, Hunan, Henan and Anhui, four other populous
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