10 child beggars have been rescued in Sanya City by police who received tips from the online community, which started a campaign to save children they suspect of being abducted.
 
Two girls have been reunited with their father from southwest China’s Guizhou Province on February 11. The other children, including the youngest, a six-year-old girl, are still at a welfare center waiting for their families to pick them up, Xinmin Evening News reported on Monday.
 
The children were singing, doing acrobatics or simply kneeling on streets for money near a crowded market on February 10 in Sanya, a resort city in Hainan Province. Some people took photos of the children and posted them on their microblogs on t.sina.com.cn. The photos were soon seen by thousands of people, arousing widespread interest in rescuing the children.
 
Chai Mingyan, a journalist at Business Daily of International Tourism Island, was one of them. After an on-site investigation, Chai reported to Sanya police, who took the kids to the public security bureau for further investigation on February 10.
 
Police soon confirmed the identity of two girls surnamed Liang, who claimed they followed their father to Sanya to beg but got separated on the way. Their 35-year-old father Liang Zaihua said it was common for people from his impoverished village to travel to cities to beg.
 
Liang promised he would never take his daughters to beg again before they boarded a homeward bound train on February 11.
 
The other eight children resisted revealing their identities to police and gave conflicting information, the report said.
 
The oldest child beggar Li Weifang claimed they were relatives and came to Sanya during their winter holiday to collect money to pay for tuition, a common line heard among street beggars in the area, Chai said.
 
Li said they had been in Sanya for 12 days and sent back 1,000 yuan (US$151) to their hometown in Zhoukou City, Henan Province. But she refused to give her address.
 
Police said Li’s alleged parents admitted to training the kids to perform for money but didn’t know about their dire living conditions. Officers said they are still investigating the case.
   
 

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