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12/31/2013 (2 years ago)

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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.'

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."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/31/2013 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: China, trafficking, baby racket, one child policy, obstetrician


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The doctor has since admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers.

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.



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