From Tradition to Trafficking – Modern China’s Bold Fight Against Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery in the Middle Kingdom

Ronald Joseph Lin


Human Trafficking is indeed a huge and pressing problem in China. In a modern country like China, especially one that hopes to be the preeminent power in the world one day, such lax laws and policies towards human trafficking must change. However, in order for it to change, more genuine governmental involvement will be needed. Furthermore, specific guidelines towards combatting human trafficking must be laid out and once laid out, must be followed. Ending the “One- Child Policy” was ultimately the only solution to this long-term problem. China took the lead on this issue when on December 27, 2015, during the session of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, the new “Two-Child Policy” was officially passed and went into effect on January 1, 2016. The “One-Child Policy” might have served a purpose in curbing China’s population but at the same time, it has also spawned countless problems. This policy has directly led to the shortage in women that China is facing today. Aside from that, China now has a disproportionately large elderly class as well as an equally disproportionately small young labor class. When combined, these two factors can have a disastrous effect on China’s economy and very well- being and serve to undermine everything China has strived in the last half-century to achieve. With the recent passage of the “Two-Child Policy”, China can once again resume its march towards greatness.

Keywords: One Child Policy, Two Child Policy, human trafficking, Chinese Law, economic reform, gender imbalance

DOI: 10.7176/JLPG/88-12

Publication date: August 31st 2019


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