A woman in Henan province was charged with human trafficking after she allegedly sold her newborn baby boy for around 7,000 USD in a deal that was orchestrated with her obstetrician.
The woman, surnamed Huang, had told her family that the child died after she gave birth, Xinhua reports, citing local prosecutors. Huang’s mother-in-law reported the case to police after she suspected that she may have sold the baby.
Huang had a son from a previous marriage and “was worried that the new baby would affect the life of her first child,” as she often “quarreled” with her current husband, the report said.
A couple paid 42,000 yuan for the baby, 7,000 of which went to the woman’s doctor, who’d helped to find the buyers. Both the woman and the doctor have been prosecuted.
The case highlights the ongoing issue of child trafficking in China, where traffickers seek to capitalize on the demand for healthy babies from adoptive babies here as well as overseas. Last year, an obstetrician was given the death sentence for selling seven babies to a trafficking ring in six separate cases from 2011 to 2013. The doctor told parents that their newborns were sick and persuaded the families to give their children up.
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