Beijing (CNN) – Chinese authorities have successfully cracked four baby selling networks, rescuing 382 babies and arresting more than a thousand suspects.
Authorities in China say they’ve exposed an enormous online baby trafficking syndicate. They say the scale of the scheme is huge, with more than a thousand suspects arrested.
Police targeted four online baby selling networks in an operation that took months. Some baby-buying sites worked openly through chatrooms; others were hidden. More than 300 babies nationwide have been rescued from families who bought them online like this woman, say police.
Child trafficking is rampant in China, where the one-child policy has reinforced traditional preferences towards boys. Traffickers often buy or kidnap boys to sell in China. They sell girls mostly as future wives.
The sheer scale of the operations and the often desperate demand for parents makes trading online for Children very difficult to stop.