Be careful of your children when in Hong Kong
UPDATE: “Continuation of this crazy post…”
I had to write this post today. It’s really a warning to other parents. You may call me paranoid or crazy, but the fact of the matter is that this is happening more and more frequently. Growing up as a Canadian in Toronto, you hear of children kidnappings, but you don’t really think it happens in your neighbour. True, the frequency isn’t as high and it’s more difficult. I asked my mother if she ever worried that her three children would get kidnapped and she gave me an incredulous look and answered “Of course not!” Ask me! Ask me! Ask me the same question and I will answer “Hell ya, I take precautions to ensure my children are safe.”
Check this out today in The Standard “Rogue Shenzhen doctor held after baby-trafficking bust“. WHAT THE HELL? It’s not uncommon to hear of kidnappings where the children end up in China. Afterall, the border is just a mere hour from the city and it’s pretty easy to get into China – especially since children’s IDs usually don’t anything like them after a few months.
Here are a few precautions I take when going out with my children. In densely packed areas, such as CWB or Central or TST, I will:
- always have both children secured to something. This means a stroller or me and not roaming by themselves holding my hand.
- always make sure I know where both children is at all times.
- never let them out of my sight, even with the helper – especially in restaurants. You often see the helpers and children outside of the restaurants because the children have gotten restless. I don’t care if my children are restless, I’ve brought books and toys, so they can stay seated and within reach.
- walk in familiar areas, no exploring with the kids.
- NOT go to China with my children. I know, it sounds like I’m a crazy mother who keeps her children in seclusion, but for starters, me and my daughter needs visas and I’m not familiar with China or fluent in Mandarin, so if anything happened, I’d be a liability to myself! Come on, they travel to other places like Tokyo and Toronto often enough, so one less trip won’t hurt.
That’s just my 2 cents today. The article caught my eye. Why take the risk? You can never be too careful in these situations, especially when your children are involved. Crazy mother.