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Orphanage director sold kids

Orphanage director sold kids

Beijing - A Chinese orphanage director and nine others have been found guilty of buying and selling scores of infants, later adopted by foreign parents.
China's official Xinhua news agency said another 22 officials were fired in the trafficking case in the southern city of Hengyang, Hunan province.
Chinese police say the traffickers bought children who had been abducted from their families and sold them to welfare homes in Hengyang for about 4 000 yuan (R3 800) each.
The social welfare homes then had the infants adopted by foreigners who made "donations" for the adoptions.
The trade continued from 2002 to 2005. Xinhua reports the trafficking of 78 babies in 2005.

By Joe McDonald
10:47 a.m. March 6, 2006
BEIJING – Liang Guihong is a goodhearted 56-year-old woman who finds homes for abandoned infants. Or she's a leader of a gang that sold abducted babies, some of whom were adopted abroad.
A court in southern China sentenced Liang last month to 15 years in prison after she was convicted, along with an orphanage director and eight others, of selling scores of babies – 78 of them last year alone.