China: Baby trafficked due to one-child policy reunited with his parents

According to Chinese police reports, a farmer desperate to have a son bought to child for approximately $9,800.
By Thaddeus Baklinski

By Thaddeus Baklinski

FUPING, Shaanxi province, China, August 6, 2013 ( - In a case highlighting the problem of child trafficking due to China's one-child policy, a newborn baby boy who was allegedly kidnapped and sold by the doctor who delivered him has been reunited with his parents.

According to a China Daily report, the doctor attending the birth, Zhang Suxia, told the parents that their baby had serious congenital diseases and persuaded them to surrender him to hospital officials.

However, the boy's father, Lai Guofeng, became suspicious and reported the incident to police, who were already investigating complaints by other families in the area who said their babies were born in the Fuping hospital and taken away by Zhang. They also said the doctor told them their babies had serious diseases and would become financial burdens for them.

Police were able to locate the baby boy at the house of a farmer in Huaxian, in the central province of Henan, after arresting and questioning Zhang and two others suspected of operating a child trafficking ring.

The baby was brought back to Fuping Maternal and Child Healthcare Hospital where a DNA test confirmed that the baby was the couple's son. He was given back to his parents on August 5.

Child-trafficking is widespread in the nation since the imposition of the one-child policy in 1979, as families desperate to have more than one child covertly buy the children.

Citing a police official in Henan, China Daily reported that a farmer with three daughters was eager to have a son, so he bought the baby boy from the alleged traffickers for 60,000 yuan (approximately $9,800 U.S.).

Police said Zhang made 21,000 yuan ($3,430 U.S.) from the sale of the child.

The most recent State Department report on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) downgraded China to a Tier 3 country, the lowest ranking for human traffickers.

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The boy's grandfather, Lai Tianxiang, said that Dr Zhang, 55, was a classmate of his in primary and junior high school and was well known in his village after she became an obstetrician.

"My family and I fully trusted her," he said.

Caixin Media Company, a Chinese online media organization, has noted that human trafficking in babies is widespread in China but is seldom reported to outside media. published a report of an investigation by Caixin into not only illegal child trafficking, but the seizure and selling of children by government officials in the name of China's one-child policy: “Human trafficking of snatched ‘illegal babies’ reported in China.”

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