While China considers changing its one-child policy, a family planning official in Fujian province has found herself a profitable side job: selling babies, China Youth Daily reported on Friday.
The female official, identified by police as Wang Yiping, is the head of a village family planning committee in Fujian’s Anxi county. A mother of four herself, she is suspected of participating in the illegal sale of four babies, police said.
After police uncovered her crimes, Wang confessed she had recently sold a baby boy for 52,000 yuan (HK$63,971) to a Fujian woman who ran a motorcycle shop. Wang had bought the boy for 50,000 yuan from a child trafficker, the report said.
Trying to rescue the baby, police tracked down the woman who bought the baby from Wang. But she said she had already sold the baby for 60,000 yuan to a couple in Anxi county.
When police found the couple, they said they had sold the baby to a woman, surnamed Zhang, for 62,800 yuan.
The final buyer, identified only by her last name, Zhang, has a 19-year-old son.
Zhang explained that her adult son has serious hemangioma, a tumour made up of blood vessels. She wanted to have another child, but could not give birth after receiving a ligation operation. So Zhang decided to buy a child.
The baby has been first smuggled from Yunan province in December last year, police said.
It’s not clear whether the baby has been returned to its parents in Yunan.
Trafficking children has grown on the mainland despite government efforts to stop it. No official statistics are available to show the scale of child trafficking. It still remains a taboo subject in the Chinese media.
Child trafficking is an old problem in China. Introduction of the one-child policy in 1979 led many families to buy children, especially boys, because China is traditionally a male-dominated society.