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A Chinese father shed tears of joy after he was reunited with his son who was kidnapped 24 years ago outside their family home by human traffickers.

Guo Gantang's son was two years old when he was kidnapped in 1997 while he was playing unattended.

Since then, Gantang quit his job and has driven more than 500,000 kilometres on a motorcycle, following tip-offs relating to his son.

He had a massive flag attached to his motorcycle with a photo of his son and information relating to him. Gantang drove through most of the provinces in this vast country searching for his son.

Child kidnapping is a big worry in China, with the government recently deciding to step in and help parents to find their children again.

Guo's son was found after the Ministry of Public Security launched a nationwide campaign this January to solve cold cases involving child abduction. Police have located and rescued 2,609 missing or abducted children this year, including adults who had gone missing or were kidnapped as kids. One victim was traced after 61 years, reports Reuters.

A reunion between the father and his missing son, now a teacher in a nearby province, was arranged on Sunday.

Gantang's story of not giving up inspired the 2015 movie Lost and Love.

Image credit: The Times

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