Chinese obstetrician admits to stealing babies for black market trafficking
She would convince parents their child had congenital defects and then encourage to give them up
In a sordid tale that simultaneously shames the medical profession and the naivete of new parents, a Chinese obstetrician has now admitted to stealing babies in order to provide quick cash in the burgeoning "baby racket." While a respected doctor in northern China, Zhang Shuxia, has since admitted that she told parents their newborns had congenital problems and persuaded them to "sign and give the babies up."
While a respected doctor in northern China, Zhang Shuxia, has since admitted that she told parents their newborns had congenital problems and persuaded them to "sign and give the babies up."
Zhang was planning on retiring from being an obstetrician. She stood trial in northern Shaanxi province's Fuping county, according to online postings.
Zhang had been under suspicion for some time, but calls to the Weinan Intermediate People's Court and the local Communist Party propaganda department went reportedly unanswered.
A baby trafficking ring that operated across several provinces had revolved around Zhang, who delivered babies at the Fuping County Maternal and Child Hospital.
Child trafficking is an ongoing social issue in China. Despite harsh punishments - some leading even to the death penalty, the practice remains widespread. Families who buy trafficked children are driven partly by the traditional preference for male heirs due to China's strict one-child policy.
The indictment said that from November 2011 to July 2013, she sold seven babies to go-betweens who sold the babies to "couples" in central and eastern China. Six of the babies were rescued, but one that was trafficked for as little as $165 in American dollars. The child died.
Her illegal activities came to light after a mother suspected her baby had been abducted. She reported Zhang to police last July. Zhang had taken the baby home with her and then sold him to a man in a neighboring province for $3,600 that night. He in turn resold the baby to a villager in central China for $9,900. Other suspects have been detained in at least four provinces, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
The Beijing Times newspaper called for a "fair punishment" for Zhang to deter other doctors. "It will inject the authoritativeness of law into professional ethics of doctors and will warn doctors not to take the wrong step that brings them lifelong regret," the paper said.
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Asia Pacific News
- Top Malaysia court delays ruling on use of 'Allah'
- Filipino Cardinal blasts Catholics for hypocrisy
- Chinese train massacre carried out by Islamist gang on 'Holy War' spree
- Pakistan feeling wages of sin; Drug addiction, AIDS rife is South Asian nation
- Indian economy slows in most recent quarter
- While Cambodia's poverty rate drops, many still struggle to survive
- Slavery scandal involving teenage girls shocks Indian Tea Company
- Australian airlines Qantas to cut 5,000 jobs
- Philippine cardinal stresses that church must address poverty
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?