There is an incredible story in the Los Angeles Times about a new scourge of corruption in China: the removal and selling of babies against the wishes of their parents. The officials are first finding families in violation of child care laws and then, instead of imposing a fine, they are taking the babies to get $3000 in adoption fees.
One report out of Tianxi, China describes a child welfare official who was known to prowl the streets looking for telltale signs of children like toys or hanging diapers. He would then stop at the house and in one case simply told Yang Shuiying: “Bring out the baby.” The mother said that the official admitted that he was going to sell the baby to foreign adoption parents. In return, he would keep the money but the family would not have to pay fines.
More than 80,000 Chinese children have been adopted since the early 1990s.
These shocking stories follow an earlier scandal involving the selling of educational files in China, here
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