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Rescued babies stranded in orphanage

BABY Dang Xinxin has been waiting 15 months in an orphanage to be reunited with her parents after being rescued from a baby trafficker in central China's Henan Province

Nobody knows how old she is because her trafficker refused to give any details before being jailed for seven years – and she's one of five girls rescued in Luohe City, where she lives with another girl in the Children's Welfare Institute.

But her parents are believed to be in Haifeng County in south China's Guangdong Province, today's Dahe Daily reported.

Some of the babies had been sold several times before being rescued in October 2008, Zhu Yongtao, director of Luohe's Heilongtan police station, told the newspaper.

Police found out that the trafficer surnamed Jiao, a Lushan native, bought the girls for 3,000 yuan (US$439) each from Haifeng where she worked and sold them to Lushan.

However, their position at the orphanage is precarious – they don't qualify for government subsidies because they still have legal parents, and until they are traced, the institute has to pay for medical bills out of its tight budget.


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