China's Baby Export
After the child bride trafficking incident in China,
British media reported another incident
on exportation of “confiscated” babies from China
to Western countries. Chinese Birth Control officers
in Shaoyang, Hunan, forcefully took away babies
from some families in the name of "Birth Control",
and sold them to families in the U.S.
and the Netherlands for profit. This news
has sparked heated discussions among netizens.
The Daily Telegraph published an inside story
“Shao's Deserted Babies”. Officers in Birth Control
Department of, Shaoyang City, Hunan,
forcefully took away 20+ newborn babies
with the excuse of “birth violation.” The newborns
were taken to an orphanage before sold overseas
for US$3000 each. The officer would make a profit
of RMB1000 each.
The report said that not all the babies
were in violation of the Birth Control restrictions.
Some were the first-child. Still, they were taken away
as parents could not afford “social child support fee”.
These babies became “Shao's Deserted Babies”
once they arrived at the orphanage.
The report said officers would first choose a target,
then dispatch the Birth Control staff to forcefully
take away the babies. If the parents were not able
to pay for the support fees, the babies
would become their product for sale.
The baby export incident created shock online.
The Daily Telegraph said this news drew 33,000
netizen comments and became a hot topic that day.
However, the news was soon deleted by authorities.
A Twitter user “pkuteaparty” suggested
the victim family sue the Birth Control officers
who took away their babies to export for profits.
In China, Birth Control officers often use violence
to enforce the one-child policy. Rights activist
Chen Guangcheng in Shangdong is well-known
for exposing the atrocities local Birth Control
officers commit in enforcing the one-child policy.
He was also convicted for fabricating crimes.
Chen was released from jail in September 2010,
but he is still under house arrest up to date.
Caixin Century magazine posted a story of a baby
called Yang Ling who was taken away at birth.
Yang's father worked in Shenzhen as a migrant worker.
His family told him that Yang Ling was taken away
by the town's Birth Control officers.
He looked for his daughter, and found 4 years later
that she had been adopted in the U.S.
RFA reported that Longhui county, Shaoyang city
has been elected as an advanced Birth Control place
in Hunan for the past 10 years.
A banner warns villagers that Birth Control officers
only spend 3 minutes talking to the families
that violate the one-child policy,
before their houses are ransacked like a tornado.
NTD reporters Li Ting and Zhu Di