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Four admit kidnapping women, selling as wives

FOUR human traffickers were taken to the court yesterday for abducting 14 women and one child from southwest China's Yunnan Province and selling them at low prices to people who wanted a wife in Shanghai's neighboring Jiangsu Province.

Three of the four were caught at a hotel near Shanghai South Railway Station where they sold a woman for 6,000 yuan (US$950) and planned to sell two others to the fourth suspect, the Xuhui District People's Court heard.

Prosecutors said Huang Debin, Liu Taozi and Chen Kaixiang abducted women from Fuyuan County in Yunnan Province between February 2008 and last June. They trafficked 13 of them to the city of Suqian in north Jiangsu Province and sold them to villagers there for 2,200 yuan to 22,000 yuan.

The fourth suspect, Du Zhaoliang, 50, acted as a middleman. He introduced villagers - who were old bachelors, divorced, or too poor to marry a wife - to buy the women, and got commissions from the trio, the court heard.

All four pleaded guilty in court but blamed each other in efforts to avoid stiff punishment.


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