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PostPosted: 14-01-2009 11:01    Post subject: Police crack China baby sale gang Reply with quote

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Police crack China baby sale gang
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7827800.stm

Police in southern China have broken up a gang that abducted migrant workers' children to sell in distant provinces, state media reports.

The children, mostly toddlers aged two or three years old, were snatched in Hunan's province's Yueyang city while they were playing or sleeping.

They were sold for between 860 yuan ($125, £86) and 26,000 yuan ($3,800), the Beijing News said.

Five children had been rescued and 13 suspects arrested, Xinhua said.

The children were snatched in broad daylight by gang members on motorbikes, it added.

Police said they did not know how many children had been abducted altogether. The abductions began in September 2008, Xinhua reported.

Child trafficking is seen as a growing problem in China, despite government attempts to crack down on it.

The problem is exacerbated by strict birth control policies, which limit many couples to only one child.

Some families want a boy - one of the children seized in Yueyang was abandoned when she was found to be a girl, the Beijing News said.

Families may also buy trafficked women and children to use as extra labour and household servants.

Last year, the Chinese government launched a campaign against slavery after it emerged that hundreds of children were being forced to work in brick kilns and mines in Shanxi province.



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PostPosted: 11-03-2012 19:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its really on a grand scale.

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Chinese police free 24,000 abducted women and children
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17330203

The one-child policy in China is thought to fuel trafficking

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Chinese police rescued more than 24,000 abducted women and children in 2011, according to a report by the Public Security Ministry.

Some of those kidnapped had been sold for adoption or forced into prostitution as far away as Angola, officials said.

The ministry vowed to step up its tough stance against trafficking.

However, it did not reveal the total number of women and children abducted last year.

The report said police rescued 8,660 abducted children and 15,458 women in raids against 3,195 trafficking gangs.

It highlighted one raid against a gang trafficking Chinese women to Angola for prostitution, adding that 19 women were rescued and 16 people were arrested.

"Public security organisations across China will deepen the campaign against abductions to save more women and children and work hard to reduce the number of abduction and trafficking cases," the ministry said.

Correspondents say child-trafficking in particular has become a serious problem in China.

In December, police rescued nearly 200 children after uncovering two child-trafficking gangs. More than 600 people were arrested in raids in 10 Chinese provinces.

Critics blame China's one-child policy and lax adoption laws, which they say have created a thriving underground market for buying children.

Families also buy trafficked women and children to use as extra labour and household servants, as well as brides for unmarried sons.

Greater freedom of movement as a result of China's economic reforms is thought to have made it easier for trafficking gangs to operate.
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PostPosted: 06-07-2012 19:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another successful action. Vids at link.

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Chinese police 'smash' trafficking gangs, frees 181
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-18732817

The BBC's Martin Patience: "There could be thousands, if not tens of thousands of children abducted every year"

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Chinese police have broken up two major child trafficking gangs and freed 181 children, officials say.

Authorities arrested 802 suspects on Monday in an operation across the country, the Public Security Ministry said in a statement.

Kidnapped children are often sold for adoption, or as labour and household servants.

Child-trafficking has become a serious problem in China and critics blame the one-child policy and lax adoption laws.

These policies, some say, have created a thriving underground market for buying children.

A traditional preference for male heirs in China has created a thriving market for baby boys, says the BBC's Martin Patience in Beijing. Women and girls are often abducted to be labourers or wives.

In the latest operation, the children were rescued from traffickers in 15 regions and provinces, including Hebei, Shandong, Henan, Sichuan, Yunnan.

Investigations that led to the current round of arrests began in December 2011 when four suspects were caught in Henan province while attempting to sell four babies.

A ''most-wanted'' suspect, Shao Zhongyuan, was caught in Pingyi county, Shandong province, the ministry said.


One child's kidnap story
He was alleged to be from a gang that trafficked more than 100 children. Several other key suspects were also detained, police said.

The ministry released a report in March 2011 saying that police rescued tens of thousands of abducted children and women.

It highlighted one raid against a gang trafficking Chinese women to Angola for prostitution, adding that 19 women were rescued and 16 people were arrested.

Greater freedom of movement as a result of China's economic reforms is thought to have also made it easier for trafficking gangs to operate.
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PostPosted: 28-09-2013 13:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still going on.

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Chinese police rescue 92 abducted children
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-24313452

Child-trafficking has become a serious problem in China, correspondents say
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Chinese police have rescued 92 abducted children and held 301 suspected members of a huge trafficking network, the authorities say.

They say two women were also freed in an operation involving police forces in 11 provinces of the country.

The traffickers are believed to have targeted children in the south-western Yunnan and Sichuan provinces and then sold them in other regions.

Child-trafficking has become a serious problem in China, correspondents say.

Critics blame the country's one-child policy and lax adoption laws, which they say have created a thriving underground market for buying children.

Some families buy trafficked women and children to use as extra labour and household servants, as well as brides for unmarried sons.

Last year, more than 24,000 abducted women and children were freed in China, according to the public security ministry.

It said that some of those kidnapped had been sold for adoption or forced into prostitution.

Greater freedom of movement as a result of China's economic reforms is thought to have made it easier for trafficking gangs to operate.
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PostPosted: 31-12-2013 14:45    Post subject: Reply with quote

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China doctor tried for trafficking babies
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25556776

Zhang Shuxia stands trial in Weinan Intermediate People's Court in Weinan, Shaanxi province, 30 December 2013

Zhang Shuxia admitted to selling seven babies to traffickers, state media said

A Chinese obstetrician is on trial for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers, a court and state media report.

Zhang Shuxia was accused of selling seven babies. She told the parents their infants were sick, and convinced them to give them up, reports said.

Ms Zhang admitted the charges in a court in Fuping, Shaanxi province.

The case emerged after two parents went to the police, suspecting their child had been abducted.

Ms Zhang sold seven babies to child traffickers between November 2011 and July 2013, including a pair of twins, an indictment posted on Weinan Intermediate People's Court's verified microblog said.

Six of the babies were rescued, but one baby girl died.

Ms Zhang worked in Shaanxi's Fuping Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital.

In the most recent case, a baby born on 16 July was trafficked after Ms Zhang told his parents the boy had a serious congenital disease, and convinced them to give up the child.

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Ms Zhang sold the baby to two other suspects, who sold the boy to a buyer in Henan province.

The parents reported the case to police on 20 July after they suspected that their baby had been trafficked.

The baby was found and returned to his parents in early August.

Ms Zhang and several other suspects were arrested.

Ms Zhang's defence lawyer said that the parents had voluntarily given up their babies, and that she had received several awards in her work, the court said.

Under China's strict population control policies, most couples can only have one child, and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.

Earlier this month, China's top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the country's one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.
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PostPosted: 14-01-2014 12:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

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China doctor jailed for selling babies to traffickers
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-25723863

The BBC's Celia Hatton: "Zhang Shuxia was a respected doctor who had won quite a few awards in the province where she worked"

A Chinese obstetrician has been given a suspended death sentence for stealing newborn babies and selling them to child traffickers.

Zhang Shuxia was found guilty of abducting and selling seven babies in Fuping, Shaanxi province, the sentencing court said.

She told parents their infants had serious diseases and convinced them to give up the babies, the court said.

Zhang has been sentenced to death, with a two year reprieve.

Suspended death sentences are normally commuted to life imprisonment in China.

Zhang sold seven babies to child traffickers between November 2011 and July 2013, including a pair of twins, a judgement posted on the Weinan Intermediate People's Court's verified microblog on Tuesday said.

Six of the babies were rescued, but one baby girl died.

'Fabricated reports'
Zhang worked in Shaanxi's Fuping Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital.

"Zhang used her position as medical personnel to fabricate reports about the infants, saying they suffered from birth defects or diseases that were hard to cure," the court said in its judgement.

Zhang Shuxia stands trial in Weinan Intermediate People's Court in Weinan, Shaanxi province, 30 December 2013
Obstetrician Zhang Shuxia sold seven babies to traffickers, the court said
"She abducted and sold several new-born infants, violating professional and social ethics," the judgement added.

It is not yet clear whether Zhang will appeal, the court said.

Zhang and several other suspects were arrested after the most recent abduction case in July.

The parents reported the case to police after they suspected their baby had been trafficked.

The baby was found and returned to his parents in early August.

Police said they were still investigating 50 related cases, including 26 cases linked to Zhang, and several other suspects were in criminal detention, Xinhua news agency reported.

Four other officials from the hospital are on trial for suspected dereliction of duty and are awaiting sentencing, Xinhua added.

'Unspeakable acts'
Under China's strict population control policies, most couples can only have one child, and there is a strong preference for healthy baby boys.

Earlier this month, China's top legislature formally adopted a resolution easing the country's one-child policy, allowing couples to have two children if either parent is an only child.

On Chinese social media, netizens condemned Zhang's actions, with many calling for the death penalty.

"She obliterated her humanity, and conducted unspeakable acts under a cloak of legality - only executing her will level the people's anger!" microblog user China Luo Jian wrote.

However, user Wen Jin Rang wrote: "For such a criminal, sparing her life will serve a greater educational purpose than killing her."

Meanwhile, Sina Weibo user Doctor Fei Ge described Zhang as the "scum of the medical profession, who damaged the reputation of doctors".
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PostPosted: 08-11-2014 01:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another successful operation by the police.

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Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan are searching for the parents of 11 infants rescued from a baby trafficking ring. Police in the province's capital, Kunming, released pictures of the babies to local media on Thursday with the hope of tracing their families. But they also said that many of the infants may have been sold to the ring by their parents.

Police have arrested 32 people accused of being involved in the trafficking. Many of the alleged traffickers were related to each other while the rest were close friends or came from the same town in Yunnan, they said, according to local media reports. They said the ring had sold 21 children in total, some to buyers in other provinces such as Shandong, Fujian and Henan. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-29947379
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