The shocking human consequences of the human trafficking trade in China were laid bare by police today.
Officers in the southern Guangdong province unveiled a heart-breaking identity parade of 13 lost babies in a desperate bid to find their parents.
It comes after the children were rescued when a huge smuggling gang was smashed by police in Heyuan. The gang are believed to be responsible for hundreds of baby abductions across China.
Lost: The identity parade showed 13 babies freed by police when they smashed a huge child smuggling gang
They either steal to order or snatch babies 'on spec' and sell them on to other gangs.
These 13 children - all about one month old - were being kept in an underground nursery found by police when they arrested 33 members of the trafficking gang.
Some stolen babies are sold to families who can't have children, while others are sold to be raised in virtually slavery or the sex industry.
More then 500 officers had spend three months tracking down key members of the group before moving in.
Police in Heyuan, Guangdong province, say the gang are responsible for hundreds of baby abductions across China
Heart-breaking: The children were either stolen to order or snatched 'on spec', officers said
Now they are trying to find the youngsters' parents and have appealed for help from the public.
'For the first time we are letting people see the real victims of these appalling crimes - tiny, babies, doomed to a life of goodness knows what,' said a police spokesman.
'The children are being well cared for but it is our intention to get each one back to their own family,' they added.