Trafficked boys in China

In case we need a reminder why feminism might conceivably benefit everyone (not just women) look no further than this very sad New York Times article. It focuses on the increasing incidence of abduction of small boys in China. The article focuses on a number of cases in Shenzen and around the industrial areas of rural southern China.

The desire to have a boy – both culturally and economically imposed – is so strong for some that they resort to ‘buying’ sons from gangs of traffickers who are snatching toddlers and children. Boys as young as 9 months are taken from outside their houses, sometimes snatched out of the arms of their siblings as they’re playing.

“If you have only girls, you don’t feel right inside,” said Ms. Zhen, who has one child, an 11-year-old son. “You feel your status is lower than everyone else.”

“A girl is just not as good as a son,” said Mr. Su, 38, who has a 14-year-old daughter but whose biological son died at 3 months. “It doesn’t matter how much money you have. If you don’t have a son, you are not as good as other people who have one.”

You can read the remainder of the article here.