trafficked women and the adoption of children in special circumstances

the trafficked women

a brief link about the trafficked women: Chinese SNS is all about this. We are trying to use public opinion to push the rule of law in China a step further.

Screenshots are from the film Blind Mountain, which is based on a true story. The film ends with the abducted woman slashing at the male who bought, raped and detained her with a kitchen knife. The real event in which the woman threw a cup of acid on her brother and sister-in-law’s two children and injured five primary school students and finally suspended death sentence in trail.

The film repeatedly depicts the mother’s attachment to her child, which leads to a torn and ultimately unsuccessful escape.

More than actual motherhood, I think that the portrayal of motherhood in the film is about the influence of the strict norms of moral bodies formed by social forces on the ‘mother’, the ‘woman’ (in a film about trafficking, this influence can be seen as an ‘accomplice’ to trafficking).

It is worth noting that the film makes a slight reference to the agricultural work that abducted women are responsible for in the home. There are some discussions of abducted women that say “she is blessed, she doesn’t have to do anything at home, she only has to be pregnant, and even won’t need to take care of the children”, but in reality abducted women are not only mothers, but also slaves. They are often required to do heavy farm work and household chores, not to mention the risks of pregnancy and childbirth.

In one actual case, the woman was eventually rescued and the man kept the child and demanded maintenance(child support). Despite the fact that the child was born to a woman who was “violated”, “restricted in her personal liberty” and “raped”, the court ruled “without taking a lopsided view ” that the woman was responsible for 5,000 RMB a year until the child reached 18.

child adoption

China’s social welfare system does not currently allow for children to enter the social welfare system when their parents or other guardians can be identified. I think the “continuation of the lineage” can be combated to a certain extent by the changing of names in the social welfare system and by adequate confidentiality measures.

Fundamentally, this is a need to modernize the social administration system.

The “bad people” cannot be attributed to economic problems. When talking about how to modernize a region by improving its economy, it is first necessary to identify what “modern” is. Otherwise, solving the economic problems will only make the “continuation of the lineage” look more dignified.


China’s relevant social welfare legal system:

“Domestic Violence Shelter Centres”
“The Implementation Rules propose that for children rescued from abduction whose parents or other guardians cannot be identified, after the public security authorities provide relevant materials, the victims will be escorted to rescue and protection agencies, such as rescue and management agencies, rescue and protection agencies for minors, and children’s welfare agencies, and will be properly placed, and may not continue to be raised by the families who bought them.”

The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. (2012). William Julius Wilson. 

Blind Mountain. (2007). Li Yang

Misogny(I can’t find the English version, add later). Chizuko Ueno. 2015-1. ISBN: 9787542645715

Regretting Motherhood. (2017). Orna Donath. Beijing United Publishing Co. 2022. ISBN: 9787559657718


Chinese version:




比起实际的母性,我认为电影里对于母性的描写,描写的其实是社会力量形成的道德体(moral bodies)的严格规范对于”母亲““女性”的影响(在一部讲述拐卖的电影里,该影响可以被看作是拐卖的”同伙“)。












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