believed abducted from Washington DC’s airport last week is actually safe and sound with her parents in Queens, New York.s many Chinese netizens had expected, a 12-year-old Chinese girl who was
Shortly after arriving at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport on Thursday morning, the girl, Ma Jinjing, split up from her Chinese tour group, saying that she was going to the bathroom. She then encountered a middle-aged Asian female who helped her change clothes and walked with her to the airport’s arrival hall. The two then left the airport by getting into an Infiniti QX70 with New York tags.
At no time did it appear that the girl was forced into going with the woman. One member of the tour group told the FBI that when they were in New York City, he may have seen Ma meet with the woman and receive food from her.
Following Ma’s disappearance, police made a public announcement and raised the Amber Alert, adding that she was considered to be in “extreme danger” due to her young age.
The next day it was revealed that Ma was not in “extreme danger,” but was actually with her parents, who had used an immigration consultant to get the 12-year-old on the tour as part of an apparent plan to have her live permanently in the US.
Anna Demidshik, legal counselor for Ma’s parents, said that the whole matter was simply a big “misunderstanding.” Ma’s mother had picked her daughter up from the Washington airport and Ma’s father had then driven them to New York. After seeing that their daughter was feared abducted, the couple contacted Demidshik’s law firm.
For the last two years, Ma had reportedly been living in China with relatives, unable to see her parents. Police are investigating the incident, however, Demidshik said that there is no rush for sending Ma back to China. The girl is in the US on a visitor’s visa secured through the tour company.