Eyebrows were raised when travelers at a Beijing train station saw a six-year-old girl handcuffed to a middle-aged man.
The Beijing South Rail Station was packed on Wednesday, the first day of the 40-day Spring Festival travel season, the China News Service reported Thursday.
The 38-year-old man, surnamed Wang, said he had no choice but to handcuff his six-year-old daughter to himself, as he feared she might be abducted in the crowd.
He was afraid he would lose his only child to human traffickers, who are often active during the peak travel season, especially since his daughter has lazy eye.
Wang also took the precaution of making the girl wear a necklace with a tag showing her name and the number of his mobile phone, as well as putting on her wrist a GPS watch that can track her movements using the global positioning system.
He said he had to be extra careful, as the journey home is a long one and the girl’s grandparents are longing to see their granddaughter.
“I could only have peace of mind if I knew that my daughter was tied to me,” Wang said.
The Spring Festival is one of the most important events on the calendar for mainland Chinese, as this is the time of the year they head home from all across the country for a reunion dinner with their family over the Lunar New Year.
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