It’s time to demand more transparent adoption practices so that we know children being adopted don’t have living family who want to raise them and so that no child is illegally trafficked. The ethics of adoption need to be seriously considered. This story along with the December case of the Shaanxi Doctor who was selling newborns can perhaps open our eyes to the huge problem of trafficking in China and child trafficking in adoption. When we turn a blind eye, the children involved suffer.
Chinese authorities announced Friday the rescue over 300 babies in a sting that thwarted four Internet-based baby trafficking rings.
The fake adoption websites were selling babies in a country where a one-child rule has made baby trafficking a thriving enterprise, according to the Public Security Ministry. Authorities said 382 babies were rescued and 1,094 people were arrested in connection to their abduction and sale, the Associated Press reports. The suspects could potentially face the death penalty, the harshest punishment for baby trafficking, if found guilty.
The bust was a part of a six-month operation that started when police in Beijing and Jiangsu began following the bogus private adoption websites, CNN reports. Some of the buyers were connected through a Chinese instant messaging site and online forums.