07 Jul 2012

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6/7/2012: “Police arrest 800 in Chinese baby trafficking crackdown,” The Daily Star

“Police in China have busted baby-trafficking networks in 15 provinces across China, detaining more than 800 suspects, including medical workers and gang members from a variety of backgrounds, the U.K.’s Times reported Saturday.

The Chinese government said the nationwide crackdown had cast into the spotlight a crime network taking place on an epic scale, with doctors working with gangs to meet the demand for newborn boys.

Many couples wanting a boy to carry on the family line are willing to pay over $1,500.

The kidnapping of babies in China is a prolific practice. However, there appears to be a shift toward pregnant women voluntarily arranging to sell their babies – even before they give birth.”

Read the full piece here: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2012/Jul-07/179734-police-arrest-800-in-chinese-baby-trafficking-crackdown-report.ashx#ixzz1zxaY0hPn

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