(CBS News) Two American siblings trapped in China are making a public plea for help. Cynthia and Victor Liu traveled to the country last year to pay respects to their dying grandmother but have not been allowed to return home to the U.S. because of a so-called "exit ban."
Their estranged father, Liu Changming, is one of China's most wanted fugitives. Liu, who fled the country in 2007, is the former executive of a state-owned bank and is linked to a $1.4 billion fraud case. Their lawyer says the Chinese government is using them to convince their father to return to China even though Cynthia and Victor insist they have no way of contacting him. The Trump administration's National Security Council spokesman told CBS News that Chinese authorities have given no legitimate explanation for refusing to allow Cynthia and Victor Liu to return to the U.S.
In a video you'll see only on "CBS This Morning," Cynthia Liu describes the terrifying ordeal that began nearly a year ago.
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"We've done nothing wrong, and we need to go home," Cynthia said. "We wake up every morning terrified."