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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Warning to All Tourists Travelling with Kids

Image courtesy of www.everywheremag.com

FP was sent a story of how a mother lost her two kids while in an amusement park in Hong Kong recently.

“The mother left her two kids to go to the washroom alone while she waited for them outside. When she realized that the kids seemed to be taking a long time, she went inside to look for them but the kids were not in the washroom anymore. The parents went to the police afterwards and the police told them that it is highly likely that they will never see their kids again.

There is a syndicate in HK abducting kids in the washroom. They would let the kids smell something that would make them unconscious. Then they will shave their heads, put a cap on them, and change their clothes. When, the kids are brought out of the washroom, the parents would not notice them."

This story is not uncommon in the place as documented in some sites. Some kids are kidnapped and sold, while others are made into beggars. The syndicate does not discriminate; hence tourists with kids are also at risk. The lesson here is that parents or guardians should never leave their kids alone even for a second in any place on the island.

Here is a link that documents some of these incidents:
http://badcanto.wordpress.com/tag/children-trafficking-hong-kong/

Do you know of any similar incident? Readers should be made aware that such incidents can happen anywhere and to anyone.

73 comments:

  1. Sa Hong Kong lang nangyayari to?

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  2. This is so true! Kahit sa Mainland ganyam modus nila. Me Korean nga bata pinitulan ng dila tapos halos maloka ang Nanay reason kung bakit naghiwalay sila mag asawa after 5 years nung bumalik ang ama me kumalabit na bata gusgusin hindi na sana nya papansinin kasi nga hindi rin nagsasalita nung tiningnnan nya sa mata anak nya pala pinitulan ng dila at ginawang beggar ng sindikato. Yug ibang bata na kinikidnap esp boy binibenta sa mga hindi magkaanak. Tsk! Tsk! Kaya magulanghwakan nyo mabuti mga anak nyo pag nasa HK or China kayo.

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    1. Totoo ba to?! Kawawa naman the kid, howd'ya know the story? Especially the father looked in the beggar's eyes thing?

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    2. True story I live in Shekou, Shenzhen Mainland China uso yan dito at nangyari yun sa Louhu District Shenzhen.

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  3. nakakatakot naman. baka kahit dito nangyayari 'yan kaya dapat mag-ingat.

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    1. Nangyari na daw dito...pinutulan ng paa tapos ginawang beggar.

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  4. scary...buti wala akong mga kids :)

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  5. i get turned off by parents just letting their kids go to the washroom alone. Imagine they will allow their kids to sit on the dirty toilet bowls pa!
    My daughters are 18 and 15 yet i always accompany them especially in High Street where CR location is too dark.
    Sad to say, fault nya na nawala mga anak nya.

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    1. A little empathy would not hurt.

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    2. wow naman! nanisi ka pa?!?! aakalain nya bang mawawala ang anak nya sa CR!? e kung syo kaya mangyari yun!?!?! pa-high street high street ka pa! utak talangka ka naman mag-isip!

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    3. wow ha! eh pano kung lalake mga anak mo 'te? sasama ka pa rin? how insensitive of you! and where exactly in High Street can you find washrooms in dark locations? baka constru site yun teh!

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    4. Adding insult to injury, no?

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    5. sobra ka naman, sisihin pa ba ung magulang. andali maghusga ng kapwa. kung ikaw kaya nasa situation nila? wala ka sa pangyayari kaya wag ka magsasabi ng mga ganyan.

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    6. Agree! This is something my mom would also say. :)

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    7. May point naman. Bat hahayaan ng magulang ang kids mag-cr mag isa. What if madulas or maglaro ng tubig... Especially sa public places. Kung ang bag nga hindi pinapaiwan basta basta, tao pa kaya.. Sa mall nga nakakasabay ko mga batang lalake na kasama mga nanay nila sa cr. Wala naman kaso dun.

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    8. I agree! NEVER let your kids out of your site. With the world we live in now, evil lurks around everywhere. It's just too hard to trust anyone. I have a son and whenever we're out without his Dad, I would bring him with me to the ladies room. He covers his face but what's a little sacrifice to make sure that he's always safe. I've heard of a kid who was robbed inside a CR in a big mall in QC. For me, it doesn't hurt to be paranoid at times. Better that than risk your child's safety.

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  6. OMG FP! This made me sick. I brought my nephew there last yr. Nakakatakot naman Isipin.

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  7. katakot naman :(

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  8. salamat ng marami sa nag share

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  9. This is scary. :(

    Leila

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  10. Oh no! Thank you FP!

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  11. Nakakaiyak 'yung story... :(

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  12. OMG scared naman ako..were planning to go to HK p naman ds May kc 1st hoor anak ko..HK disneyland to b exact gosh thanks FP..but we will still go there..my son deserves his reward

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  13. scary naman nyan...

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  14. OMG...i'm planning to take my kids to HK..nko..thanks for the Warning..

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  15. Omg! Were the kids found?

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  16. Thank you for posting this fp

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  17. thanks FP for posting this.. will create an awareness to all mothers esp when travelling

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  18. thanks for posting this

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  19. Thank you for sharing this story fp! Got scared after i read this.. Made me realize that i should be more vigilant with my kids..

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  20. Naku kaya nung nagpunta kami last December sa HK, apat na bata ang kasama ko, nilagyan ko sila ng tali (beads). Wala akong pakialam kahit nagtatawanan ang mga nakakakita sa amin, basta masigurado ko lang na hindi mawawalay sa akin ang mga bata. Ingat na lang po tayong lahat!

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    1. tama yan, after watching the movie "TAKEN" naging double ang awareness ko

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    2. Saludo ako sayo dear! As a mom, we can't afford to lose our child/children. Ikamamatay ko kung sa akin mangyari yun!

      To all parents out there, please take care of your kids and always keep an eye on them esp. if you are in a foreign country. I've heard a similar story before and it's seriously devastating. Ito yung mga tipo ng life stories na parang "TAKEN" and takbo ng script. Unfortunately, hindi tayo kasing tapang or talino ng character ni Liam Neeson sa film! :(

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    3. good mom/dad :))

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  21. scary!!! thanks fp for posting .....

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  22. hindi lang sa hong kong... kahit dito sa manila meron din same incident. meron sa megamall and sa rockwell.

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    1. OMG sa megamall and sa rockwell! Pumupunta ako dun with my kids eh.

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  23. Thanks for this story FP katakot naman yan :-( .
    Dapat talaga bantayan natin ang ating mga anak. Lagi tayo naka tutok.

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  24. i blame the theme parks. they should provide better security. bakit di eto nireport sa media. dapat may travel advisory warning para sa mga pinoys going to hk

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  25. thanks for posting this FP. at least aware kami at lalong maging mas maingat. love you FP!

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  26. 3 months pa lang ang anak ko pero alam ko dadating ha sa age na magiging malikot at gustong magtatatakbo mag isa. pag dumating ang time na yun i dont care kung anong sabihin ng iba pero itatali ko talaga sha sa bewang ko! nakakalokah naman ang storyang ito!

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  27. Iwan ba naman ang bata sa CR hindi lang kidnappers pati pedophile meron dun.

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  28. This is true. I just came back from HK recently and it's all over the news warning parents to take care of their kids. They're being brought to Shenzhen and then they will be amputated so that they'll become pitiful beggars.

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  29. How did the mother not notice the kidnapper going out to the washroom together with her kid in the first place?..Surely she will able to notice it since she is just waiting outside the washroom...

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    1. ay teh di mo binasa ata ng mabuti or di mo naintindihan:

      "Then they will shave their heads, put a cap on them, and change their clothes."

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  30. OMG!!! this is scaryyyy!!!!

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  31. would like to share this story, hindi kidnap, pero CR related that happened here in the Phil. medyo malayo na ang source, kakilala ng kakilala, pero ingat na lang din. Ingat in letting your kids go alone sa CR. Young boy was allowed to go to CR alone, nag antay na lang kasama sa labas. Not sure how long the boy stayed in the CR,but sa kuwento, when he came out, tulala na. turned out the poor boy was violated. sorry, i know this is sick. pls be careful and vigilant everyone. Pray.

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    1. kakilala ng kakilala? sobrang layo na ng source, chismis at the highest level na yan teh. wag ka magpapaniwala sa ganyan.nakakaloka ka.

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    2. Heard a similar story din like this yung boy hindi nasamahan ng Nanay sa CR malaki na rin kasi mga 7 tapos sa boys CR pa. Taka sila bakit matagal lumabas pinatingnan ng Nanay yun pala minolestya ng bakla sa loob.

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    3. @Anonymous 09:38 AM so ano ngayon kung kakilala ng kakilala? pwede naman mangyari yun in real life...

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    4. 7? Seven is still very young. I know a teenager, pamangkin ng best friend ko, 14 year old boy, robbed inside the CR. Apparently na-observe na nung robber yung bata na may dalang PSP and smartphone. Kaya dapat wag i-display ang mga gadgets. And importante din talaga na may kasama lagi sa CR.

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    5. This is true... the mall is Rockwell. AGAIN. The problem with rockwell is di nalalagay sa news dahil pinapablock ng PR's dahil ABS ang may ari. My friend works in Rockwell

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  32. Grabee talaga kaya ako when my daughter and i travel together kahit umuihi magkasama kami sa cubicle, she's 10 na pero ganun pa rin kami lalo na pag nasa abroad... Nakakatakot talaga

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    1. Ganyan din ako sa daughter ko. Ayoko talaga nahiwalay sakin yung anak ko pag nasa mall or park kami. Katakot talaga panahon ngayon.

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    2. Exactly! Right? I can't stress this enough talaga. Ang mga bata, dapat laging may kasama and never left out of sight. I don't care either what other people say. Ang sakin, I'm doing my part in making sure that my child is safe.

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  33. wala b cctv entrance ng restroom?

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  34. omg! pupunta pa naman kami dun this May! parang naatakot na ako tuloy

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    1. just be vigilant and be extra careful :)

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  35. Thanks for posting this. I appreciate this warning especially since we often travel with my two young daughters. Incidentally, we just came home from HK yesterday. I guess it really pays to be praning. You really have to have your eye on them and hold their hands at ALL times, even while shopping, or just walking in the mall. And of course, when going to the CR. In fairness, the Hongkongers were all friendly and polite (as compared to years before when medyo masungit pa sila). But one observation I made was that Hongkong is now PACKED with people from the Mainland. They're all over the place. In Disneyland alone, 99% of the people seem to be from China. My mom told me to let my kids bring identification cards with them indicating their names and the hotel we are staying in, just in case they get lost. But with this kind of operation syndicate, I guess not even the ID card will be enough. Ok na maging praning, hold onto your kids wherever they go, even bring a leash or whistle or whatever, basta wag silang mawala. And always pray to God to watch over your kids and protect them.

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  36. naku papunta p naman kame family sa HK sa june buti nabasa ko ito! timing ang warning mo!mas lalo ako mag iingat, sa disneyland kaya ito??? wag sana.

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  37. Dito din sa germany sa Mall sa Dressing room nawala un Bata pigshave din hair

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  38. kahit saan nangyayari ito, sa manila, singapore, HK, etc... kaya mga magulang maging extra vigilant pag nasa labas kasama ang mga bata. matinik ang mga sindikato na yan, always on the lookout sa mga batang pakalat kalat lang kasi ang parents busy mamili or magsukat.

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  39. 3 ang anak ko. parang ayaw ko ng lumabas. pati s puregold meron din.... ingat ingat... lagi natin pagpray mga anak natin...

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  40. A similar thing happened 20 years ago. A Filipino kid was kidnapped in Ocean Park and was seen in Mainland begging with his legs amputated. My parents were so praning I was always being watched by either of them when traveling. Nakakatakot!

    Vanilla Sunshine

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  41. There was this case in the UK before, the kid's name was James Bulger. He was kidnapped by two 12-year-old boys while he was in the mall with his Mom. James Bulger was tortured, they even cut his fingers then they left him tied on the train tracks. Malaking issue yun coz those murderers are now of legal age and nakalabas na sa juvenile prison. People now want to know their names kasi for protection na rin kung nagawa nila yun nung bata pa sila, what more now na adults na sila but sadly since the law protects everyone ayaw i-disclose ng government yung names nila now to give them a chance daw na magbagong-buhay. =(

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    1. Yeah, I searched this online and it is indeed true. :( nakaka-sad 2 years old lang yung bata. :(

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  42. Some got their kidneys taken out because these can be sold.

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  43. I read a reply somewhere in facebook stating that a similar incident happened here in the Philippines, Rockwell to be exact...good thing nahuli naman daw ng security ang kumuha. I don't know if its true. Pero better be cautious na rin. Kase truth is it can happen anywhere! Especially now, ang dami na nakakaalam nung nangunguhang mga bata tapos kukunin internal organs. Syemrpe alam na ng tao istilo nila kaya most likely iibahin na ng mga sindikato modus nila ngayon. INGAT!!!

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  44. FP, I am a blogging Mom. I hope it's OK with you that I copy-paste this to my blogsite to spread the word more. This bothered me so much! Thank you for using your blog to create awareness. This post of yours has been really informative. Kudos!

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    1. Surely! You can copy-paste this post in your blogsite.
      Many thanks for your support!

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  45. hmmm medyo duda ako sa story na ito kasi me anti-mainland chinese sentiment sa HK, kasi usually ang description sa stories eh mukhang "mainland chinese" persons daw ang mga kidnappers, usually 2 people. mga magulang naman kasi, pabaya din sa anak pinababayaan nila pakalat kalat lalo't nag shopping. me same story din sa singapore, pero naagapan at hindi nakuha yung bata. kahit san magpunta, dapat alerto ang parents sa anak nila.

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