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Police pledge to fight child trafficking (2)

By Chen Xin (China Daily)

10:06, July 07, 2012

Shao Zhongyuan — listed as a top-level fugitive for allegedly being involved in a gang that trafficked more than 100 children — was arrested during the raid in Zaozhuang, a city in East China's Shandong province, the statement said.

In December, four suspects were caught trafficking four children in Luohe, Henan province, when police were inspecting a long-distance bus going from Shenzhen, in Guangdong province, to Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei province.

The suspects led the police to a major child trafficking gang, headed by Li Shichun and Hou Enzhuo.

In April, police in Xingtai, Hebei province, tracked down another child trafficking gang, headed by Yang Xuehua and Ji Xiaofang, who trafficked children using a private gynecological clinic in Pingxiang county. Local police said they had noticed that pregnant women from other places and children were often coming in and out of the clinic.

The clinic's owner, Guo Yanfang, confessed to the police on Tuesday that she began to help Yang and Ji's child-trafficking ring in 2008 and that she was mainly responsible for finding out the gender of unborn babies and seeking buyers, according to the Beijing News.

Yang and Ji, both from Southwest China's Sichuan province, brought pregnant women from Sichuan to Xingtai. The babies were sold locally or to neighboring provinces, the report said.

The two suspects were also involved with three other similar clinics in Xingtai.

The suspects confessed that the babies' genders and the mothers' appearance would result in different prices and they also introduced a bidding mechanism in order to earn more money, the report said.

Yang could get 6,000 to 8,000 yuan ($940 to $1,300) for trafficking a child. Guo could get 2,000 to 5,000 yuan for successfully introducing a buyer, while a pregnant woman could receive 30,000 to 50,000 yuan, police were quoted as saying by the report.

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