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A 90-year-old Chinese man has been reunited with his long-lost son after he was abducted as a toddler at a railway station 58 years ago, as shown in a heart-wrenching video.
The father, surnamed Luo, was reunited with his son, identified as Fu, now 60 years old, in the city of Zaozhuang in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong.
The city’s public security department released footage of the heartwarming reunion on Tuesday.
In the clip, the elderly man is standing on a stage surrounded by onlookers when his missing son suddenly appears and hugs him.
They tearfully embrace while people record the tender moment.
Luo lost sight of his two-year-old son at a railway station in the district of Xuecheng in 1963 when he was waiting for a train.
He said he momentarily let go of his son’s hand and only realised something was wrong when he noticed the tot had mysteriously vanished.
The boy is believed to have been abducted by human traffickers who took him to Shanghai where he was then adopted by a couple.
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Luo and his family searched for Fu for years, using newspapers, other media, and later the internet to find him.
In 2015, the public security department in Zaozhuang opened a special investigation into the incident using the latest DNA testing technology available, and expanded the search into other Chinese provinces.
They eventually tracked down Fu on June 1 after confirming a DNA match between the pair and they were reunited on 8th June after a 58-year separation.
Fu explained that he was told by his adoptive parents that they got him in Shanghai, but knew nothing more about his background.
In January, the Ministry of Public Security launched a national crackdown on human trafficking and child abduction, and 1,680 trafficked children have been identified as of June 9.
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