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Hospitals in China Advertise Sale of Unwanted Babies

In Child Trafficking, Human Trafficking on July 10, 2013 at 2:10 pm
A nurse massages babies at the Xining Children Hospital in Xining City, Qinghai Province. Hospitals in Henan Province have been advertising the selling of unwanted babies, according to a report by China National Radio. (Getty Images)

A nurse massages babies at the Xining Children Hospital in Xining City, Qinghai Province. Hospitals in Henan Province have been advertising the selling of unwanted babies, according to a report by China National Radio. (Getty Images)

Hospitals in central China are advertising the sale of unwanted babies, according to a report by China National Radio (CNR), an official radio station.

A baby boy costs 36,000 yuan (around $5,878), while a baby girl is worth 24,000 (around $3,918), the report said, referring to hospitals in Zhengzhou City, Henan Province.

The reporter dialed a phone number that accompanied advertisements for the service, posted on the walls of another hospital. Under the pretense of being interested in buying a child, the representative gave the assurance that the babies were healthy and that there were many to choose from. When asked where the babies came from, the reporter was told that they had not been kidnapped, and that most of them are unwanted children from young working mothers who are unable to take care of them.

However, under the “hukou” household registration system in China, it would be difficult to ensure the child’s registration into the family record if the child was obtained through illegal means.

Source: Epoch News

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