A dad discovered his 12-year-old son a decade after he was abducted as a toddler by child traffickers after an anonymous tip-off online.
Liu Jingjun was playing with his sister outside their home in April 2010 when she went inside for a snack and he was snatched off the street.
His father Liu Liqin, from the city of Taiyuan in the north-eastern Chinese province of Shanxi, spent 10 years and thousands of Chinese Yuan searching for the two-year-old.
According to local media, the incredible story came to an end last month after Liqin used strands of the boys hair to confirm his identity with a DNA test.
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It has been reported Jingjun was sold to a family for around £2,750 shortly after he was abducted.
Liqin said: "The surveillance camera of the hotel beside my apartment showed that a man picked up my son at 10.59am that day, but we couldn't recognise his face due to the blurred image.
"There were no clues at all. I fainted and when I regained consciousness I called the police."
Liqin started trying to track down his son after joining a group for parents with missing children.
In May 2018, he opened up an account on the Kuaishou video and streaming platform to upload videos of missing kids, including of his young son.
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In July, an anonymous user sent the dad a private message saying his son was in the county of Jiaocheng.
When the same user got in touch five months later, he provided a full address and Liqin visited the county in December to check.
He took a “blurry photo” of the child and thought he “looked identical” to the son he had lost nearly 10 years ago.
After sending his younger brother Liu Lilong to take a better photo of the boy, he ran the snaps through an online platform for finding missing children and was told it was a 67$ match.
The family then managed to obtain a hair sample and ran a DNA test, which came back as positive.
Police collected Jingjun at the beginning of last month, and a man known only as Zhang told them he paid 25,000 Chinese Yuan to buy the boy from a human trafficker 10 years ago.
He is now in a detention centre and officers have arrested the suspected trafficker.
Liqin said he is now rebuilding his relationship with his son and says other parents in the same situation should not give up hope.
Over the years, seven families have found their children with the help of Liu Liqin and the group.
He said: “I have been deceived by fraudsters and lost tens of thousands in the process, but I didn't ignore any tips that might lead to my son.
“My journey to find my son has ended, but I'm still doing volunteer work to help families become reunited.
“I hope those who haven't found their children can be encouraged by my story so we can fight to get their families back together."
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