By Erik Crouch
A baby, via @duabelas http://www.flickr.com/photos/duabelas/6129885047/
Police have found that an official in Fujian province has been making thousands of yuan selling and smuggling children. Wang Yiping, the head of a village family planning committee (of course), was caught purchasing infants from trafficking groups and reselling them to local customers.
South China Morning Post reports:
After police uncovered her crimes, Wang confessed she had recently sold a baby boy for 52,000 yuan (HK$63,971) to a Fujian woman who ran a motorcycle shop. Wang had bought the boy for 50,000 yuan from a child trafficker, the report said.
Trying to rescue the baby, police tracked down the woman who bought the baby from Wang. But she said she had already sold the baby for 60,000 yuan to a couple in Anxi county.
To recap, Wang bought an infant, resold it, and then it was resold again. Such long chains are not uncommon, and make China’s infamous infant-trafficking trade very difficult to break, but recent busts have started to chip away at the biggest players. Wang Yiping was a middle-man, somewhere between infant-wholesaler and eventual-family, but her arrest is certainly a step (if a small one) towards eliminating the infant trade in China.