Police return rescued babies to their buyers
Police have returned 29 children they rescued from Yunnan, Sichuan and Shandong provinces to the people who bought them, because the children's real parents could not be found, Shandong Business News reported.
In a recent crackdown on children trafficking, police in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, smashed two gangs and rescued 29 children. A total of 45 gangsters were brought to trial. Their sentences range from life in prison to 18 months in jail.
However, the police couldn't find the children's biographic parents.
According to the police, some women in Yunnan and Sichuan provinces sell their children to make a living. The price of a baby ranges between 5,000 yuan (US$771) and 6,000 yuan. When brokers sell the babies to buyers, the price will jump to 40,000 yuan for a boy and 20,000 for a girl.
Although police can give DNA test on the children, information left with brokers is often false.
According to regulations from the Ministry of Public Security, before locating their biological parents, rescued children must be sent to local welfare agencies.
However, in reality, most of these agencies lack funds and staff to care for the rescued children.
To prevent them from being homeless, local police sent the children back to the buyers.
Buyers who treated the children well won't face criminal punishment, a policeman involved in the case said.
However, legal experts warned this move may potentially encourage the buying and selling of children.
Early this month, China launched a special mechanism that will ensure quick responses to missing children reports, as well as encourage joint efforts by law enforcement agencies during searches for missing children.