A mother has been charged with human trafficking after allegedly conspiring with a doctor to sell her baby boy for US$7,000, the latest case highlighting China’s lucrative child market.
Her mother-in-law told police in central China’s Henan Province she suspected the child had been sold, Xinhua news agency reported.
Her daughter-in-law, surnamed Huang, had told the family the baby died soon after birth, Xinhua said, citing local prosecutors.
The woman had a son from a previous marriage and often “quarrelled” with her current husband, Xinhua said. She “was worried that the new baby would affect the life of her first child,” it reported.
A couple paid 42,000 yuan (US$6,740) for the child, 7,000 yuan of which went to the obstetrician who helped find the buyers, according to Xinhua. The doctor is also being prosecuted.
The boy is now in the care of his grandmother and further investigations are underway, Xinhua said.
China has long struggled to rein in the market in babies, fuelled by a preference for male children and the one child policy, which limits the number of children couples can have.
Earlier this month, police arrested more than 100 suspects in a crackdown in which 37 babies were rescued.
In March 2013, police rescued 92 children and two women and detained 301 people suspected of being involving in trafficking.