Child Trafficking in China Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2013

start page

  • 317

end page

  • 335


  • 3


  • 49

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-4455

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1939-9790


  • Child trafficking is a serious problem in China. However, there has not been much research in this area. This article introduces the problem of child trafficking in China based on available data. First, the article examines the reasons for child trafficking followed by a summary description of the characteristics of the children who have been victims of trafficking. Next, the article analyzes the process of child trafficking and discusses the fate of the children involved. The article additionally provides a description of the various measures adopted by the Chinese government and NGOs (non-governmental organizations) to combat child trafficking and mentions the resistance to these measures. This article will hopefully draw the attention of the government, academia and the public to this issue.


  • anti-trafficking; chinese legal system; human trafficking; left-behind children; migrant workers; ngos