A total of 11 infants abducted by a human trafficking group in Yunnan province were rescued during a bust, China Daily reports. Police arrested 34 suspects in connection with the case.
Seven of the abducted infants are boys, some of whom were purchased in Yunnan then sold to other provinces, according to police.
The multi-provincial child abduction group spent 8,000 yuan (US$1,266) to 10,000 yuan purchasing an infant in rural areas of Yanshan and Guangnan counties in Yunnan province and sold them at 100,000 yuan to 140,000 yuan each in Fujian and Shandong provinces.
In August 2013, a couple was suspected of abducting and selling a girl in Kaiyuan railway section in Yunnan. The police tracked the abduction group from the couple’s confession and arrested the head of the group in Yanshan after more than six month’s investigation.
The tightly knit group was composed of members of a big family in Yunnan with the head surnamed Gong, a native of Zhaotong county in Yunnan.
Baby trafficking remains a serious problem in China, as traffickers seek to capitalize on the demand for healthy babies (especially boys) from adoptive parents here and overseas.
In March this year, police in China arrested over 1,000 people who were part of an online operation involving the illegal trading and adoption of infants. Just a month before, a Chinese obstetrician was given the death sentence for selling seven babies to a trafficking ring in six separate cases from 2011 to 2013 by telling parents their newborns were sick and persuading them to give them up.
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