According to a report by TIME Magazine, Chinese police arrested seven members of a child trafficking ring in Jiangsu province in late August. At the same time, they were able to rescue 10 babies that had been trafficked by the same group. Surprisingly, though, the parents of these babies did not want to take them back.
These children were trafficked from a poor mountainous region in Sichuan province, where average annual incomes are below $400/year. Traffickers will often pay more than $4,000 for a healthy child, in order to sell them to wealthier families in the east who either desire to have a son of their own, or want a child-bride for their existing son. In this case, it was discovered that these 10 infants were not kidnapped, as originally assumed, but sold.
Authorities say that not one of the parents came forward to receive their rescued children. Police believe that there are two reasons for this reticence on the part of the parents: (1) the parents fear they will have to surrender the profits they made from selling their child; and (2) the parents are concerned about having to pay fines for having an extra child in violation of the One-Child Policy.