Beijing, China (CNN) — In some of the photos, the young children are wearing bibs and slight smiles can be seen on their chubby faces.But these are not your normal baby pictures.


Chinese authorities are searching for the parents of 60 children whose photos appear on a government site.

The Chinese government is trying to find the parents of these 60 homeless children, some of them so young that they had not yet developed the strength to hold their own heads up.This week the Chinese Ministry of Public Security posted pictures of these rescued children on its Web site.


Some of the children on the site are just babies -- this child was believed to have been abducted this April.

Many of them had similar stories. They were kidnapped, stolen or sold and somehow had been rescued by authorities.Police tried to find their parents but could not find them through the national DNA database, state-run China Daily reported.And for the first time, the Ministry of Public Security posted their pictures.


Police have already tried to find the children's parents through the national DNA database.

Even if I cant find my boys photo on the Web site today, it’a blessing for desperate parents like us who have nearly lost hope, Tang Weihua, a mother who lost her 5-year-old son in 1999, told China Daily this week.About 30,000 to 60,000 children are reported missing every year, but it is hard to estimate how many are involved in child trafficking cases, the Ministry of Public Security told China Daily.


About 30,000 to 60,000 children are reported missing in China every year, according to authorities.

Police have rescued 2,000 children this year since China launch a nationwide anti-trafficking campaign, China Daily reported.But after rescuing the children finding the parents can prove difficult. One issue is that in some cases the parents sold the children.Earlier this week China’s state media reported that police arrested dozens in an alleged child trafficking ring that sold at least 52 babies.