China Launches “DNA Database” To Reportedly Help Children

( Last week, a member of China’s National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) submitted a proposal to combat human trafficking by establishing a nationwide DNA database for children.

CPPCC member Liu Jiancheng, who explained his planned DNA database to the Chinese propaganda outfit Global Times over the weekend, wants kindergartners and primary school children to have to register their DNA data when they enroll in school. That data would then be submitted to the Ministry of Public Security and stored in a database.

Any child who doesn’t have his DNA on file would not be permitted to enroll in school, and parents that refuse to have their children comply would face scrutiny as suspected child traffickers.

In 2009, the CCP established a limited DNA database ostensibly to combat human trafficking. The program only included the DNA of those suspected of being victims of abduction and samples voluntarily submitted by their relatives.

But Liu believes the current, limited database is not sufficient to address China’s human trafficking problem.

The Global Times concedes that trafficking cases tracked by the Ministry of Public Security in 2021 have decreased by over 88 percent compared to 2013. But in the last few months, some cases of stolen or abducted children have attracted a great deal of public attention, causing the Ministry to turn its focus back on the problem.

The outlet reports that human trafficking is rampant in regions with “serious imbalances of sex ratios at birth.” This imbalance was caused by China’s “one-child policy” that, from 1980 until 2015, limited most families to only one child. With the cultural preference for sons, many baby girls were either aborted, killed after birth, or sent out of the country for adoption.

Gao Yanming, another CPPCC member proposed including DNA information of both mother and child to birth certificates to gradually establish a DNA database for the entire population of China. Gao argued that a complete database of everyone would “put an end to the child-trafficking problem.”

What these officials failed to explain, however, is how such a DNA database would help in finding a child.