On Monday, a court in China upheld the death sentence against the ringleader of a gang convicted of smuggling more than 20 babies from Vietnam to China and selling them, in an operation that has been going on for years.
The high court of Guangxi maintained the death sentence for Vietnamese convict Huang Qingheng, while Huang Manli, Ruan Shijun and 22 other defendants were sentenced from 10 months to life in prison, with penalties ranging from 1,000 RMB to 20,000 RMB, Tencent News reports.
The cross-border child-kidnapping case was spread across several provinces in both China and Vietnam. A total of 24 suspects, including 18 females, were involved. Two of the suspects were Vietnamese nationals, seven claimed themselves as Vietnamese nationals and 15 of them were Chinese nationals. They’d kidnapped 22 children in total.
According to Vietnamese press, the criminals had gone to hospitals to kidnap newborns, and would sell them across the border for up to 10,000 USD.
On May 3, 2013, 10 Vietnamese children from the case were transferred to the Vietnamese police by the Ministry of Public Security in Fangchenggang, Guangxi province.
The other trafficked children will be brought back to Vietnam, where they will be taken in by social shelters before being returned to their relatives, according to Hoang Thi Nhat, a Vietnamese official in charge of children’s affairs in Lang Son province.
by Luke Sun
[Images via Tencent News]