At about 10pm, our tourists were recommended to do shoppings at a grand shoping mall. When leaving the back exit, we ran across some kids who were polishing the shoes. The oldest among them were just over 10, while the youngest was not older than 3. They used a begging tone to call “uncle, auntie” — 2 yuan once to polish your leather shoes. Many tourists couldn’t heartily have them polish thoroughly, but just let them make some simple polishings. Some customers paid 10 Yuan, some 5 Yuan, and no one gave 2 Yuan. Glancing at those children, all tourists felt a sigh! Now those photos were shared with everybody here, they were taken at the night. Though a bit blur, they were absolutely true!
Note: These photos were leaked onto the Chinese bulletins in April, 2009. A lot of Chinese netizens believed these children probably were trafficked ones and there must have some masterminders behind. Yet it seemed there was almost no mainstream media reported on the story. Later, there were also no updated individual journarist’s info about the kids, hope they are ok now!
More Kunming children shoe-polishers photos: