Nine suspects, including one doctor, have been arrested in connection with an alleged baby trafficking ring in Shaanxi province, Xinhua reports.
The detained suspects include Zhang Shuxia, a doctor with the Fuping County Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, said the Fuping county government.
Meanwhile, three county government officials — deputy head of the Fuping county government Li Leiping, Fuping Health Bureau chief Ji Xinmin and deputy chief Bian Cimei — have been sacked over the baby trafficking scandal, the Fuping county government announced.
The hospital’s president, Wang Li, and two other senior managers were also dismissed.
On August 5, police rescued a baby that was sold to human traffickers by an obstetrician. The doctor allegedly told the mother that her newborn child had a fatal congenital condition so she could take it away.
Since the first case made national news, police have received a horrifying 55 reports of similar cases, including 26 in which Zhang was allegedly involved.
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