Parents reunited with son who was abducted 24 years ago in China

A Chinese man has been reunited with his son after a 24-year search that saw him travel over 500,000km (310,000 mi) on a motorbike across the country.

Child abductions are a big problem in China, with thousands taken every year.

Guo Gangtang’s son had been snatched aged two by human traffickers in front of their home in Shandong province.

His son’s disappearance actually inspired a movie in 2015, which starred Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau.

Mr. Guo had traveled to more than 20 provinces around China on a motorbike chasing tip-offs for the past 24 years.

During the search, he has broken bones, been involved in accidents, and even encountered highway robbers.

The father carried around pictures of his son on banners at the bike of his motorbikes, ten of which have been damaged during his mission.  

Mr. Guo spent his life savings on the hunt, sleeping under bridges and begging for money, and he has also helped seven other parents reunite with their abducted children.

Guo Xinzhen’s alleged abductors, Mr. Hu and Ms. Tang, who were dating at the time, spotted Mr. Guo’s son playing outside his home in 1997.

Ms. Tang grabbed him and took him to a bus station where Mr. Hu was waiting, police said.

The couple then took a coach to Henan province where they sold him.

The son is still living in the province and was finally reunited with his father and mother after 24 years apart.

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