Boy who was abducted by child trafficking 20 years ago is found using facial recognition technology and eventually reunited with his mother
- Wang Hua, from Shenzhen, Guangdong, had her boy thrown away by her tenant and child traffickers in 1999
- For two decades she traveled through the country with her husband who was desperately searching for the missing child
- Investigators no longer had cables, but groundbreaking technology followed him to a city a few miles away
A Chinese mother whose five-month-old baby was abducted and sold two decades ago is reunited with her long-lost son after detectives used advanced face recognition technology to track down the now 20-year-old student.
Wang Hua from Shenzhen, Guangdong, became sad when her tenant Zhou conspired with child traffickers to snatch and sell her newborn in May 1999.
For years, she and her husband desperately traversed the country in search of her abducted baby.
A 20-year-old student (left, grainy by Chinese media) who was abducted as a five-month-old baby (right) was finally detected using advanced face recognition technology
Wang Hua (left behind with husband), from Shenzhen, Guangdong, hugs her long-lost son (grainy by Chinese media) after being thrown away by her tenant and sold in 1999 by traffickers
Wang For years, she and her husband desperately traversed the land in search of her abducted baby (pictured for abduction)
She said: & # 39; I have my son's baby photo & # 39; s with me for 20 years, and asked people about him wherever we went. & # 39;
Although the police eventually managed to capture Zhou and her henchmen, they were no closer to locating the missing boy's whereabouts.
But remarkably enough, new scanning software managed to search vast amounts of data to match Wang's baby photos with a student who lived just a few miles away in Guangdong province.
A DNA test confirmed the 20-year-old as Wang's biological son and the pair was reunited on Wednesday.
The university student called the reunion & # 39; very emotional & # 39; but admitted that he was confused & # 39; inside & # 39; felt.
New scanning software that can search huge amounts of data has managed to match Wang & # 39; s baby photos & # 39; s with a student who lives just a few miles away in Guangdong province, leading to an emotional reunion on Wednesday
Wang said: I have my son's baby pictures for 20 years with me, asking people about him wherever we went & # 39;
The boy (face patched by Chinese media) was sold for the equivalent of £ 1,165, but his foster parents were unaware of the grim circumstances of the boy's origin, according to police
In 2018, police were tipped that Zhou, their prime suspect, had been seen in distant Urumqi, Xinjiang Uyghur.
Zhou and her five fellow kidnappers were traced and arrested after selling the boy for the equivalent of £ 1,165.
According to the police, the foster parents of the baby were not aware of the grim circumstances of the boy's origin.
Wang and her husband took photos of themselves and their lost son to get into the face recognition system.
The reunited family (boy face pixelated by Chinese media) thanks police officers for their help in solving the 20-year-old case
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