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Illegal blood sales net term of 16 months

A woman was sentenced to 16 months in prison for illegally bringing people from Zhejiang Province to sell blood in Shanghai, Qingpu District prosecutors said yesterday.

Prosecutors revealed that the suspect, surnamed Shi, contacted a village official surnamed Wang in Qingpu District in June 2010, asking if blood donors were needed to complete the required donation quotas of the village.

Wang told prosecutors that she accepted Shi's suggestion because there were very few people volunteering to donate blood in the village and the deadline was approaching.

After reaching an agreement, Shi and another suspect, surnamed Liu, organized 18 blood donors in Pinghu, Zhejiang Province, and hired a bus to take them for health checks in Shanghai in June.

Fake names used

Shi and Wang registered all the donors as villagers in Qingpu under fake names.

Each donor was given 800 yuan (US$125) for donating 400 cubic centimeters blood while the government's subsidy was 800 yuan for 200cc blood. They carved up the rest of the money and made huge profits, prosecutors said.

Shi was sentenced to 16 months in prison and Liu was sentenced to 10 months. They were fined 5,000 and 1,000 yuan, respectively.

Blood selling was officially banned in 1998 in China when the Law of Blood Donation was enacted. The law stipulates that a donor can give no more than 400 milliliters of blood at one time and must wait for at least half a year to donate again.

Since 1997, some 17 suspects have been arrested for selling blood across the city. All the cases took place in the city's rural areas such as Qingpu, Songjiang, Jiading and Fengxian districts.

Officials said blood selling was dangerous for the blood supply because many sellers would use fake identities or even conceal their diseases.


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