10 May '11, 7am

China probes child trafficking, adoption link

BEIJING : China has launched a probe into the abduction of children allegedly born in violation of population control policies then trafficked by officials into adoptions worldwide, an official said on Tuesday. The investigation comes after Caixin magazine reported this week that family planning officials in central China's Hunan province had abducted children and sold them into adoption to the United States, the Netherlands and Poland. The case, which is not the first to accuse Chinese family planning officials of abusing population control policies for profit, sheds further light on the uneven implementation of the country's "one-child" population control policy. A government spokeswoman surnamed Tang in Longhui county -- an impoverished region where many of the alleged abductions took place -- confirmed to AFP that the investigation began on Monday. According to Caixin,...

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