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(Christian Post) – The condition of religious persecution in China overall has been deteriorating, particularly since the year 2002, according to the president of the China Aid Association (CAA) and a former pastor of the South China Church. “Although it is difficult to give an exact number, without including Falun Gong practitioners, 20,000-plus members of underground religious groups have been arrested, detained, kidnapped or placed under house arrest,” the CAA’s Bob Fu said in a recent article on the religious liberty situation in China . “Hundreds of churches and homes have been destroyed. Many of the family members of those arrested or detained […] have been put on wanted lists and have had to flee their homes.” According to Fu, many of the arrested believers, especially women, were tortured, raped or sexually abused during their interrogations.