» 10/21/2005, 00.00
In Shanghai three-month old baby up for on sale on internet
Detailed offer to sale a baby appears on an internet site. The government spends only five dollars a month on orphans; its lack of interest in orphan care favours baby kidnapping and sale to childless couples.
New raid on disabled-slaves in Anhui brick factories
They are mentally disabled forced by threats and beatings to work all day long without a wage. The head of the factory claims to have paid a couple of hundred Yuan for them. Parents groups report that child abduction continues throughout the nation, with little police interest.
Charity workers in Hunan orphanage arrested for selling babies
Chinese police arrested 27 people for buying and selling babies to individuals or other orphanages. China's "one child" policy for birth control is seen as catalyst for human trafficking.
“Police and villagers” knew about the slaves
The tale of one 16 year old slave labourer, for months “detained” in a Shanxi factory, often seen by “people with police uniforms”. Meanwhile Premier Wen promises maximum severity, but no-one can explain how this vast phenomenon could go on for years.
Traffickers stealing babies from under the rubbles caused by the quake
Six people are arrested with five abducted babies. Trafficking in children is alive and well in one-child China. Authorities loosen the rules and allow quake victims to forgo paying fine for second child if the first is killed in the quake. Tens of historic churches are destroyed as Sichuan. Catholics face tough times.
Gender disparity increases: 121 males born for every 100 women
The one-child policy and a deep-rooted preference for sons have exacerbated gender disparity. In 2000, 117 males were born for every 100 women.
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