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Type of document: News
Topic: Actions/initiatives/projects
Law enforcement
Policy and Planning
Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: China
Language: English
Publisher: thestaronline
Date of publication: 20 November 2004
Long Abstract: In September, the leader of a gang that reportedly trafficked more than 200 baby girls was executed in central China. Babies are sold to childless couples or those who have one child and want more. Girls sometimes are sold as future brides. Many are abducted but others are sold by unwed mothers or impoverished families. In the case in Anyang, the gang members sold nine boys and two girls, aged from three months to 1 year, at prices of from several thousand to 13,000 yuan (US$1,500), Xinhua said. It said 10 of the abducted children had been recovered while police still were looking for one. The defendants sentenced to death were identified as Guo Shengheng, Zhang Shengye, Hu Xiangyou, Chen Dingbin and Song Yaomei. Death sentences in China are automatically appealed but are rarely overturned. Baby trafficking is driven in part by birth control rules that limit most urban couples to one child and rural families to two. Purchased children that are registered as adopted don't trigger fines and other penalties imposed under the birth limits. In July, the government announced the arrests of 95 people accused of trafficking 76 infants bought from clinics in the northern city of Hohot. - AP
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