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Couple arrested for selling newborn at Vietnam-China border

Monday, August 26, 2019, 14:26 GMT+7
Couple arrested for selling newborn at Vietnam-China border
Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram and Ngo Duy Khang are held at the border guard office in the northern Vietnamese province of Lang Son on August 25, 2019. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Border guard officers in the northern Vietnamese province of Lang Son have arrested two suspects for attempting to sell a newborn baby to a Chinese buyer, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The borer guard unit at Chi Ma Border Gate in Yen Khoai Commune, Loc Binh District, confirmed on Sunday they had apprehended Nguyen Thi Ngoc Tram, 22, and Ngo Duy Khang, 28, who both hail from the Mekong Delta.

Tram and Khang were caught carrying a baby as they illegally crossed the Vietnam-China border at around 5:30 am the same day.

According to preliminary information and the suspects’ statements, Tram and Khang are a married couple, but the newborn is not their biological child.

The couple received the baby from a woman named Chau at a general hospital in the southern province of Dong Nai.

They then paid Chau VND10 million (US$430) to make a fake birth certificate.

Information in the birth certificate showed that the child is a boy born on July 30, 2019, whose parents are Tram and Khang.

The suspects were planning on selling the baby to an unidentified Chinese man for VND50 million ($2,150).

The border guard unit is expected to transfer the case to competent authorities for further investigation.

The newborn has been handed to the province’s social welfare facility.

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