Trafficking ring sold poor migrants' babies to the rich

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The Independent Online

Police in China's Shandong province have broken up a human trafficking ring which specialised in buying babies from poor migrant couples to sell on to wealthy families.

According to local media, 17 infants had been sold in the city of Zoucheng, with prices for baby boys reaching up to 50,000 yuan (£4,900). Baby girls were considered less desirable, and could be bought for as little as 30,000 yuan (£2,900). Most of the parents who sold their children were recent migrants from rural areas.