More than 1,000 foreign women and children were rescued from more than 1,300 human traffickers between July and December last year in joint enforcement efforts by China and five neighboring countries, according to the Ministry of Public Security.

Between July and December last year Chinese officials joined hands with counterparts from Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to combat illegal cross-border human trafficking and suspected sham marriages. The authorities successfully freed 1,130 foreign women and 17 children, most of whom had been abducted, bjnews.com.cn reported.

During the stated period, a series of operations were conducted and in 760 cases suspected traffickers were intercepted and 126 cases of sham marriages were identified.

A total of 1,332 alleged human traffickers were arrested, 262 of whom were foreign nationals.

Guo Lin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Public Security, said in recent years human traffickers from China and neighboring countries traffickers often attract victims by offering them jobs, travel trips or legal cross-border marriages. But, these women were then detained and ‘sold’ abroad.

One of the active and notorious sham marriage syndicates was busted by Chinese authorities together with officials in Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos.

Under the framework of the Mekong River sub-regional cooperation anti-trafficking process, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security strengthened law enforcement cooperation with police in Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand.

As early as in October 2004, the six countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation against Trafficking in People in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region.

Officials say remarkable results have been achieved throughout the years with police jointly launching crackdowns to rescue victims of trafficking and arrest transnational criminals.