29 Sep 2011

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9/29/2011: “China denies int’l baby trafficking reports,” Associated Press

“China Denies International Baby Trafficking Reports,” Associated Press, September 29, 2011. An excerpt:

“Officials in south China’s Hunan province have dismissed claims that more than a dozen babies were seized from parents who violated the country’s one-child policy and sold to orphanages who arranged to have them adopted overseas.

A four-month investigation into the allegations, first reported in May by the Beijing-based Caixin Century magazine, found no evidence of baby trafficking in Hunan’s Shaoyang city, said an official from the Hunan press office in the provincial capital of Changsha who would give only his surname, Zuo.

However, investigators did uncover serious violations by 12 Shaoyang officials, who have since been punished, Zuo said Friday. He declined to elaborate or give details.

A Shaoyang city press release posted online Wednesday said the 12 were fired and dismissed from the Communist Party. It didn’t say what sort of violations they committed…”

Full link to story: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5idYyKD9aJab4T2ZcLobGIFwOSRgw?docId=385da83a2f3e4f6ea85e6f0bacd37342

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