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Baby traffickers admit giving infants sedatives

BABY traffickers in Hebei Province have admitted giving one-month-old infants sedatives to keep them quiet.

Hebei police have caught five baby traffickers, all natives of Guizhou Province, and rescued three of the five baby girls they sold this year, yesterday's Yanzhao Metropolis Daily reported.

The five girls are less than one month old.

Police are continuing a search for the other two babies and the parents of the three rescued children as well as chasing other suspects.

Police were alerted on April 30 when a couple who claimed to be husband and wife were reportedly acting suspiciously after checking in at a hotel in Xingtang County in Hebei's capital Shijiazhuang City.

Milk formula, clothes, napkins and other baby products were found in the couple's luggage though they did not arrive with a baby. Sedatives and 15,000 yuan (US$2,198) in cash were also found.

The couple later confessed to police they were not husband and wife, but partners in a baby trafficking ring. They told police they were in the county to look for a buyer for a baby girl. The girl was with other ring members at another hotel in the county.

Police raided that hotel, seized the other two and rescued the baby.

The next day, police arrested a woman surnamed Yu, who allegedly served as a broker for the baby sellers.

On May 3 and 9, police located another two babies and caught the people who had bought them.

The report said the five-member gang had bought five female babies this year, paying between 3,000 yuan and 5,000 yuan in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, later selling them to farmers in Hebei for between 15,000 yuan and 17,000 yuan.


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