04 Nov 2011

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11/4/2011: “Baby trafficking ring in China busted,” AFP

Today, both the Associated Press is reporting that another baby-trafficking ring in China has been busted by authorities. This one was based in Shanghai. An excerpt from the AP wire piece, picked up by USA Today:

“Police in Shandong province’s Zoucheng city found last month that 17 infants had been sold in the city to Chinese buyers, the Global Times newspaper said. Police rescued 13 of the babies and sent them to welfare centers, and a search is under way for the other four, the paper said.

…Chen said baby boys could be sold for up to 50,000 yuan ($7,730), while the price for girls was 30,000 yuan, much more than the parents could earn from farming.

There is a thriving black market in children in China — mostly involving buyers who either want more children or want them as slave labor — that endures despite harsh penalties for traffickers, including death. The country’s one-child policy limits most urban couples to one child and rural families to two.”

Read the full article here: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2011/11/china-busts-baby-trafficking-ring/

The Guardian also picked up the story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/04/china-baby-trafficking-ring-shut





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