Human Traffic Watch

Ads in hospitals offering babies for sale are scam to extort cash, say police

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on June 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

Messages promising infants for sale have been written on hospital walls in CentralChina’s Henan and Shanxi provinces recently, an anti-child trafficking activist allegedFriday.

Local police have said the notices are a scam, aimed at extorting money from peopledesperate to become parents, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The activist, who would not give his real name, posts on Sina Weibo as part of an NGO called “Weibo cracking down on child trafficking.” He posted several photographsonline, showing cellphone numbers and a message saying “baby for sale,” which werewritten on the walls of Henan Provincial People’s Hospital in Zhengzhou and ShuozhouPeople’s Hospital in Shanxi Province.

After he dialed the number left in the Henan hospital, a man told him that he couldprovide babies of all ages.

“He said the babies are bought from private hospitals in Northeast China. A male babyis sold for 45,000 yuan ($7,330) and a female for 30,000 yuan. The man said theycould do the transactions nationwide,” the activist said.

Source: People’s Daily Online

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