Man Kidnapped 24 Years Ago Reunites With Father

He was 4 years old when abducted in China
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2015 1:28 PM CST

(Newser) – Chinese state media this week covered the remarkable reunion between a father and the son who had been abducted 24 years earlier. Sun Bin was just 4 when kidnappers took him from a market in Sichuan province and sold him to a family in faraway Jiangsu province, reports CNN. His parents searched for years, and his mother died in 2011, still "constantly murmuring our son's name," says father Sun Youhong. Sun Bin initiated his own search, and he finally tracked down his father (and the younger sister he never knew) with help from a DNA sample he gave to police.

"I was grateful, but I was also bitter," says his father, who adds that he won't press charges against the family who bought his boy. Sun Bin, for his part, still hasn't made up his mind about where he will live permanently. But he got some fatherly advice during the emotional reunion: "You're a man, don't cry," said his dad. Child trafficking remains a problem in China, with authorities rescuing 37 babies earlier this week, reports the South China Morning Post. (Over the summer, a family found the daughter they thought they'd lost in a tsunami 10 years prior.)

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