In this 2015 file photo, federal agents gather before raiding an upscale flat complex where authorities say a birth tourism business charged pregnant women US$50,000 for lodging, food and transport, in Irvine, California. On Thursday, authorities announced they have charged 20 people in a crackdown on businesses that helped hundreds of Chinese women travel to the United States to give birth to American citizen children. Photo: AP

US charges 20 people over Chinese birth tourism schemes

  • It is reportedly the first time the US has criminally prosecuted birth tourism operators
  • The businesses were raided by federal agents in 2015
Topic |   Chinese overseas

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In this 2015 file photo, federal agents gather before raiding an upscale flat complex where authorities say a birth tourism business charged pregnant women US$50,000 for lodging, food and transport, in Irvine, California. On Thursday, authorities announced they have charged 20 people in a crackdown on businesses that helped hundreds of Chinese women travel to the United States to give birth to American citizen children. Photo: AP
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