When we first see this photo we just think : this is awful ! How can we do that to a toddler ? ... But this is not an act of cruelty explained his father, Chen Chuanliu; Jingdan's sister has dissapeared two weeks before at the same place and he didn't wanted him to be kidnapped like his daughter ...; unfortunately he can't care for his son because he has to work, his mother is unable to care for him because of disabilities of learning and the relatives of the familiy don't live in Beijing.
A lot of children disapear in China each year ( almost 2000 ), especialy offsprings of impoverished imigrants ( like Jingdan's father ), so they don't have the right to nursery care .Generaly these children are snatched in the street, sold to people for a few hundred dollars and are used for manual work, engaged in gangs or, very often ( especialy speeking about girls ), they're married with the child of the family who buy them.
Chen Chuanliu explained that he has to look for her daughter himself; indeed, he can't ask the authorities to look for his daughter because he has no photo of her.
Last year the Chinese authorities created a national DNA database to reunite families who are looking for a missing relative ...