November 16, 2016: China traced over 250 missing children during the last six months with the help of a mobile app.
The mobile app “Tuanyuan” or reunion was launched by Ministry of Public Security (MPS) in May 2015, where the police release information on missing children.
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Over the past six months, over 280 updates on missing children have been posted on the mobile app and 260 children have been found, including 152 children who ran away from their houses, 18 children who had been trafficked, 27 who were reportedly lost, and 52 who had died from drowning or other reasons, MPS said.
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The app also helps to ensure that efficient information sharing as well as collaboration between police in different regions. It encourages witnesses to report the whereabouts of the missing or trafficked children.
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A new version of the app was launched on Wednesday, which will expand its reach by cooperating with other popular apps, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Missing children is one of a major problems in China as the children are stolen by traffickers to sell them for adoption to childless couples are use them for begging and other crimes.
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