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Babies wait as search goes on for parents

BABY Dang Xinxin has been living in an orphanage in central China's Henan Province for more than 15 months, waiting to be reunited with her parents after being rescued from a baby trafficker in the province.

Another five baby girls rescued along with her are also living in Luohe City of Henan Province where they had been sold, as police still can't contact their parents, who are believed to be in Haifeng County in south China's Guangdong Province, yesterday's Dahe Daily reported.

It is hard to trace the families because their trafficker, a woman surnamed Jiao, refused to provide personal details and some of the babies had been sold several times before being rescued, Zhu Yongtao, director of Luohe's Heilongtan Police Office said.

Police caught Jiao on October 14, 2008, at a toll station in Lushan County of Henan's Pingdingshan City. She had two baby girls with her, including Xinxin, Zhu said. The babies were under a month old, he said.

Jiao, a Lushan native, bought the girls for 3,000 yuan (US$439) each from Haifeng where she worked and sold them in Lushan. A taxi driver she hired said he had carried her eight times and each time she had babies with her.

A court sentenced Jiao to seven years in prison last July.

Police said four of the girls were being looked after by local families.

The two girls rescued at the toll station are being cared at the Luohe Children's Welfare Institute.

The police visit the orphanage every week and gave the girls the names "Xinxin" and "Yuanyuan."

However, their position at the orphanage is precarious -- they don't qualify for government subsidies because they still have legal parents, according to the institute's Li Jinkui.

The Ministry of Public Security has set up a databank to store personal information including the DNA data of all the rescued children. It publish the information of 60 children last year on the Website to help locate their parents.


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