Chinese woman presumed dead for decade found living in internet cafe
But Xiao Yun (a pseudonym) who ran away from home following an argument with her mom at age 14, was alive — and immersed in video games.
Police found the 24-year-old using a fake ID at an internet cafe in Hangzhou, Chinese media reported.
During questioning, she admitted that she had run away from home a decade ago. Police fined her about $200 CDN for using fake identification.
She spent most of that time eating and sleeping in various internet cafes in various towns in her home province, playing the first-person shooter game “CrossFire” for hours on end, the Star Online reports.
She said she would occasionally work as a cashier, but mostly lived off of handouts from other cafe patrons.
Xiao Yun has not been formally diagnosed with internet addiction, but in China, it has been a widely documented issue for several years.
In 2008, China was the first country to declare internet addiction a psychological disorder. Since then, there have been several reports of rehab programs that take extreme measures to treat addicts, ranging from electro-convulsion therapy to military-style discipline which has led to death.
After their tearful reunion, Xiao Yun’s mother told reporters she would never scold her daughter again.
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