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Final call: traffickers in children executed

TWO child traffickers were executed yesterday after the penalties gained the final approval from China's Supreme People's Court.

Hu Minghua, 55, trafficked in and sold nine children while Su Bingde, 27, stole and sold six children.

Hu was also convicted of drug trafficking and Su was involved in 12 smuggling cases and six robberies that led to a death, court spokesperson Wang Shaonan said yesterday.

In the first 10 months of this year, courts across the nation heard 1,107 child-trafficking cases, 11 percent up year on year, and jailed 1,714 people, up 6 percent.

Of the criminals, 1,061, or 62 percent, were severely penalized - jailed for more than five years or even sentenced to death - Wang said at a press conference.

The ratio of severe punishment for child-traffic offences was 45 percentage points higher than for other criminal cases, Wang said.

This was an indication of China's hard line on child trafficking, Wang added.

Gifts ruse

Hu was convicted of abducting nine children between 1999 and 2005 in southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces after first pretending to buy them gifts or offering to help them find their parents.

The children, aged between three and six, were then sold for a total of more than 100,000 yuan (US$1,468) to Hu's partners in north China's Hebei Province who then sold them across the nation.

Police have rescued all the children. However, so far four children have not yet been reunited with their families as their parents cannot be traced.

Su, a native of Nanyang County of north China's Henan Province, stole six children from 2005 to 2006 in Henan and Hebei provinces by driving a car or riding a motorcycle and snatching babies and toddlers from their guardians.

He then sold the children, aged between five months and two years, for a total of nearly 100,000 yuan to other cities in Henan and Shandong provinces.

Police have rescued four of these children.

Su was also convicted of involvement in six robberies in 2006, resulting in the fatality.

He also stole a number of upmarket automobiles worth 158,000 yuan in 2006.


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