A group of parents who asked for help from the municipal government in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, to find their missing young children, had their hopes dashed last week because instead of helping authorities wouldn’t help.

After learning that many children had been abducted to Quanzhou, the desperate parents, who came from various parts of the country, hoped that the authorities would study the evidence they brought, and initiate a formal investigation to find the children.

Instead officials blocked their efforts. Also, the local police refused to verify the leads the parents had; and they would not let them buy food, nor would they allow them to stay in hotels. They also turned away kindhearted volunteers who wanted to help.