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Newborn Baby Trafficking Gang Uncovered in China

Newborn Baby Trafficking Gang Uncovered in China

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By    |   Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:43 AM

A newborn baby trafficking gang was reportedly uncovered in China after six people were arrested and accused of offering an infant boy for sale on social media for $9,200, police said in a local media report, according to the South China Morning Post Thursday.

Traffickers allegedly used the popular social media platform WeChat to make the arrangement, authorities told the Xiaoxiang Morning Post. The gang was identified as working out of the Yiyang, in the province of Hunan, the publication said.

The group allegedly posted a message on WeChat in mid-June saying that "a newborn, healthy boy" was for sale and urging a buyer to come to the city quickly to pick him up, the South China Morning Post wrote. The social media post came with two attached videos of the infant and information about the parents, who claimed that they were unable to raise a second child, the publication said.

"Multiple media outlets and an unnamed individual reported that infants were being trafficked from a hospital in Yiyang on June 21, and the department arrested three suspects at the scene," authorities charged, the South China Morning News wrote.

"After the establishment of an investigative panel … we arrested three further suspects. So far, there are six people [in custody] and the case remains under investigation," police continued.

The publication reported that traffickers often contact pregnant women at hospitals and offer money for their children and could find takers "within two to three days."

Newsweek magazine reported that the gang would then get the mother to sign a disclaimer stating that she voluntarily gave up her child for free.

While China has a national child anti-kidnapping task force to prevent such crimes, the country does not keep statistics on just how many children are kidnapped each year, Newsweek said. It reported that some are taken to be adopted domestically and outside the country.

Other kidnapped children are forced to work for criminal gangs as thieves, forced laborers, or prostitutes, Newsweek reported. Foreign Policy.com reported in 2011 that an estimated 70,000 children are kidnapped each year.

Newsweek said China's one-child policy, which was in effect from 1979 to 2016 forced some families to sell extra children to avoid being fined by the government.

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A newborn baby trafficking gang was reportedly uncovered in China after six people were arrested and accused of offering an infant boy for sale on social media for $9,200, police said in a local media report.
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