[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific

Trial begins in China baby-trafficking case

Former gynaecologist accused of taking seven babies from their parents saying they had "congenital problems".

Last updated: 31 Dec 2013 17:38
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Zhang is on trial for allegedly selling seven babies taken from her former hospital [Reuters]

A former doctor has gone on trial in connection with alleged trafficking of babies at a hospital in northwest China's Shaanxi province.

Zhang Shuxia, who used to be a doctor with the Fuping County Maternal and Child Health Care Hospital, went on trial on Tuesday at an intermediate court charged with trafficking infants, Reuters news agency reported. 

On July 16, Zhang apparently obtained a newborn baby by falsely claiming that the child had congenital diseases, convincing the mother to abandon treatment and allow the doctor to handle the baby.

The mother, surnamed Dong, later realised that her baby might have been abducted and reported the incident to police on July 20.

The baby was found in a township in Anyang City of neighbouring Henan Province on August 4 and was in good condition.

Zhang and five other suspects involved in the case were detained later on suspicion of human trafficking.

The former gynaecologist has already confessed to involvement in trafficking during a court session on Monday, official state-run news agency Xinhua said.

Xinhua said that Zhang is suspected of stealing a total of seven children from parents who gave birth at the hospital.

'Congenital problems'

Zhang said in court that she had persuaded the parents to give up their children due to "congenital problems", CCTV said.

So far six of the seven children have been recovered and reunited with their parents, while one was found dead.

It is thought that child trafficking in China is an issue due to the restrictive nature of the one-child policy.

Beijing said last month it would allow millions of families to have two children, the most radical relaxation of its strict one-child policy in close to three decades.

The new rules, which will roll out gradually around China, will allow couples in which just one parent is an only child to have a second baby, part of a plan to raise fertility rates and ease the financial burden of China's rapidly ageing population.

The fertility market, especially at the value-end of the scale, could see a short-term spike.

343

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Featured
Chinese scientists are designing a particle-smashing collider so massive it could encircle a city.
Critics say the government is going full-steam ahead on economic recovery at the expense of human rights.
Spirits are high in Scotland's 'Whisky Capital of the World' with one distillery thirsty for independence.
President Poroshenko arrives in Washington on Thursday with money and military aid on his mind, analysts say.
Early players in private medicine often focused on volume over quality, turning many Chinese off for-profit care.
join our mailing list