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Zhang Baoyan, a delegate to the 13th National People's Congress from Tonghua, Jilin province, advocated harsher punishments for those convicted of trafficking women and children.
Zhang is the head of the nongovernmental organization Bring Baby Home, and founder of the first website in China to help people look for their lost children.
Although she has helped more than 2,800 families find their loved ones over the past 12 years, Zhang has realized that she will continue to be busy in the job as long as the penalties for the traffickers and buyers, which are even lighter than those for abduction, remain unchanged.
The relatively lenient punishments are why the crime still persists today. As Zhang says, it is necessary to raise the penalty from current 5-10 years imprisonment to more than 10 years' imprisonment with the death penalty as the heaviest sentence so as to deter people from committing a crime that leaves the victims and their families with lifelong scars.
Is the current penalty for human traffickers too light? What can we do to prevent human trafficking?