Colum MurphyJanuary 27, 2010 06:40Updated May 30, 2010 12:19
HONG KONG, China — In November, kidnappers seized 11-year-old Chen Hao in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. The captors demanded 1 million yuan, or $146,000, for the boy’s return. His distraught parents agreed to pay part of the ransom up front. But their actions were not enough and the next day Hao’s dismembered body was discovered.
A month earlier, 11-year-old Yi Yichen was kidnapped and murdered, his body dumped in the sea.