China to consider law revision to provide tougher rules against trafficking

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China to consider law revision to provide tougher rules against trafficking

A photo taken on May 28, 2020 shows the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China. After a string of crimes triggered calls for a law revision to provide tougher rules against traffickers, Chinese lawmakers will consider XING GUANGLI XINHUA BEIJING -- Chinese lawmakers will consider a law revision to provide tougher rules against traffickers.

A draft revision to the Law on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women will be voted on by the National People's Congress on the National People's Congress, a spokesman for the NPC Standing CommitteeNPC Standing Committee, Zang Tiewei, said Thursday.

The draft, to be submitted for a second reading, will propose a mandatory reporting and screening mechanism to swiftly identify and handle crimes against women, Zang said.

Household registration and marriage registration organs, local governments, women's associations, and hotels will have to report to the police if they suspect women are being trafficked or abducted.

The legislature received more than 420,000 online comments and over 300 letters from the public when it solicited public comments after a first reading of the draft, according to Zang.