China busts major Web-based baby trafficking rings

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Associated Press

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 5:06 AM

BEIJING (AP) — China's Public Security Ministry says it has rescued 382 abducted babies and arrested 1,094 suspects after busting four major Internet-based baby trafficking rings.

The ministry said Friday that it conducted the national operation after police in Beijing and the eastern province of Jiangsu found four websites selling babies under the cover of adoption.

Child abduction is a major problem in China. Strict laws limiting many families to one child, a traditional preference for boys, poverty and illicit profits drive a thriving market in babies and children.

The ministry says Internet technologies have assisted baby traffickers by providing more secretive covers for their businesses.

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