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11 babies rescued by police still unclaimed

NO families of the 11 trafficked babies have called police, said officers in charge of a recent sweep of a ring suspected of trans-provincial baby trafficking.

Most of the babies were daughters and second children of their families, and might be regarded as a burden by their parents, said police, China National Radio reported yesterday.

Under such circumstances, those parents were easily persuaded by baby traffickers to sell them to so called "relatives not able to have a child," according to police.

Traffic police officers of Huxian County in northwestern China's Shaanxi Province rescued two babies on November 3 in a routine check.

Officers found two men and a woman carrying two newly born females when they stopped a car with a license plate of central China's Henan Province.

The three suspected traffickers confessed they came from Henan and spent 14,000 yuan (US$2,050) for each of the babies, both from Shaanxi, the report said.

They planned to sell them in Henan with a price tag of 16,000 yuan for each.

Police in Xi'an, Shaanxi's capital, caught 21 major suspects during a month-long operation after that, and discovered that nine baby girls as well as two boys.

Two among the 11 had died during trafficking, while another one in a weak condition was discarded halfway.

Three among the remaining six have been rescued and ready for DNA tests, while the other three were still staying with their buyers but under the protection of local police, awaiting the next step.


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