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Gang-busting unit set to expand

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The Ministry of Public Security will greatly enlarge a special division dealing with gang-related crime amid a nationwide sweep, a senior official has said.

Huang Zuyue, deputy director of the ministry's criminal investigation bureau, said during an online interview on the ministry's website over the weekend: "To better tackle mafia-style gangs across the country, the organized crime investigation division will be expanded to include three task forces,"

Huang said the three task forces would be made up of 26 officers, compared with the existing six.

Provincial- and city-level police authorities are also trying to set up special forces to tackle gangs, Huang said.

"These special forces will keep a close watch on gang-related crime, just as cats watch mice," he said.

Unlike local officers who directly handle gang-related crimes, those on the special task forces will generally be responsible for supervision and information sorting, experts said.

Although the ministry said a national crackdown has been continuing since 2006, the campaign had not received much public attention until last year when Chongqing municipality launched a high-profile crime sweep.

The Chongqing campaign is in the spotlight not only because of its unprecedented action against gangsters but also corrupt officials.

Figures from the Chongqing procuratorate show that last year, 12 bureau-level officials - one level lower than ministerial officials - were investigated for engaging in gang-related crime or protecting gangsters.

Huang made it clear that it is not only Chongqing which is fighting gangs. Since 2006, 1,304 mafia-style gangs and 14,590 less-organized groups have been smashed across the country. More than 90,000 suspects were rounded up and as many as 100,000 crimes cracked, he said.

Meanwhile, in another high-profile fight against human trafficking, police across the country had rescued 3,455 children and 7,365 women from April to the end of December last year, he said. A total of 1,684 human-trafficking groups were smashed and 2,895 cases were solved.


1. How many officers will be on the force?

2: How many bureau level officials were investigated for engaging in gang-related crime in 2009?

3: How many mafia-style gangs have been smashed since 2006?


1. 26 .

2. 12.

3. 1,304.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Gang-busting unit set to expand

Gang-busting unit set to expand

Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for China Daily for one year.