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Police snatch babies from midwife's sales plan

POLICE yesterday rescued two babies from an illegal clinic in Shenzhen as an unlicensed midwife was trying to sell them.

Officers from the Longhua police station in Shenzhen's Baoan District raided the unlicensed infirmary at about 11:30am just as Liu Jun, the midwife and the clinic's owner, was negotiating to sell the two babies – a 12-day-old girl and a two-month-old boy, the Nanfang Metropolis Daily reported.

Liu had told one of her patients that she had delivered the two babies - the boy belonged to an unmarried migrant worker whose boyfriend went missing.

The girl was born to a couple from Jiangxi Province, who already had two daughters and wanted a boy. They left their baby with Liu, said the patient, who did not want to be identified.

The patient said Liu told her both the babies were for sale and the price for the girl was 18,000 yuan (US$2,632). The woman called the newspaper soon afterwards.

A reporter from the newspaper visited Liu' clinic yesterday morning and saw two women taking care of the babies.

Liu told the reporter the girl would cost 20,000 yuan, while the price for the boy would be 50,000 yuan.

Liu said many visitors had been asking about the price and one family had decided to buy the girl.

Liu told the reporter both the babies were unnamed and had no memories of their parents. Their parents would not be looking for them and there would be no trouble adopting them, she said, adding that she had spent a lot of money on them.

Police sent the babies to a local hospital and contacted the parents of the girl in Jiangxi.

Abandoning or selling babies in China is a crime.


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