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4 detained in blood certificate trafficking

POLICE said they had detained four suspects that organized unemployed people to donate blood and illegally sell their donation certificates.

The suspects arranged for 17 people to sell their certificates between January and March. They earned more than 5,000 yuan (US$814) during the period.

The suspects got people, usually unemployed migrant workers, to donate blood platelets. After the donors got their certificates, the suspects bought them at 200 yuan to 300 yuan each.

The certificates were then resold at higher prices to people or companies that needed them to receive blood more readily or fulfil legal requirements. Police said the suspects took advantage of loopholes at donation centers and most of the information the donors registered was "wrong or incomplete."

Blood donations are voluntary in Shanghai because unpaid donations have been shown to have fewer health risks. Certificates allow donors and their close family members to have priority to receive blood when needed.

Certificate-sellers sometimes are consigned by local communities or companies that have a government donation quota.

Illegal organizers face up to 10 years in prison, according to blood donation laws.


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