Lü You, a policeman based in Tianjin, cracks decades-old child-abduction cases with a new approach. Initiated by the Ministry of Public Security, Operation Reunion uses advanced face-matching technology to identify adults who were abducted as children and sold to childless parents. Based on a photo of an abducted child at age 5 in the national identity photo data system, police can identify about 200 similar faces.
"The screening process is the most time consuming and labor intensive," says Lü, who works at the 13th Police Detachment under the criminal investigation corps of the Tianjin Public Security Bureau Public Security General Team.
It is a complex task for Operation Reunion criminal technique experts to screen and compare photos in the system, Lü says.
Police proceed from a pool of photos to identify the most similar person. Each day they need to spend more than 10 hours in front of a computer, Lü said.
The screening process has changed him, Lü says. He used to be somber at work, but because of the success at reuniting families, it’s now hard for him to hide his smile.
When there is a DNA match, Lü beams with joy.
One internet user commented: “May there be no abductions in the world.” Netizens have hailed Lü for his work.
(Compiled by Dong Feng; original story from People’s Daily)