Video Credit: AsiaWire
This footage shows a toddler being whisked away by an alleged kidnapper at a crowded market as shoppers watch on.
The two-year-old girl, whose name has not been given, is seen being carried away by a middle-aged woman who police say was a human trafficker.
The suspect, who has not been named in police reports, allegedly abducted the toddler while she and her family members were at the crowded fruit and vegetable market in the city of Zhaotong in China’s south-western Yunnan Province.
Surveillance footage shows the girl dressed in a pink coat later being driven away on the suspect’s scooter as she appears to struggle to free herself, with her head sticking out the side of the vehicle.
She is believed to have been snatched after she strayed away from her family members.
The child’s parents reported her missing on the afternoon of 14th January.
Officers with Yongfeng Police Station began investigating, using the city’s surveillance cameras to track her movements.
The authorities said they traced the alleged child snatcher and located the young victim some 26 hours later.
The suspect was detained and is still being questioned, while the tot has since been reunited with her family.
The girl was unharmed, but it was still unclear at the time of writing whether the suspect had already lined up a buyer, and whether she was part of a much larger organisation.
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