China jails doctor for baby trafficking

She would tell parents that their newborns had congenital problems and then she would persuade them to give them up.

The Associated Press, via Philstar.com, reports: "A Chinese court on Tuesday, January 14,  convicted Zhang Shuxia, an obstetrician, guilty of baby trafficking and sentenced her to death with a two-year reprieve, after she admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers."

 

Apparently, Zhang would tell parents that their newborns had congenital problems. Then, she would persuade them to give up their children. Zhang then sold the babies to human traffickers, who then re-sold the babies at higher prices.  In one case, Zhang got 21,600 yuan ($3,600) when she sold a baby boy to a human trafficker, who then sold the child for 59,800 yuan ($9,900) to a couple in central China’s Henan province.

 

The report added:  "Altogether, Zhang sold seven babies to middlemen who resold the babies in central and eastern China between November 2011 and July 2013.  Six of the babies were either returned or rescued by police, but one that was voluntarily abandoned by its parents and sold for 1,000 yuan ($165) in April later died."

 

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