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Three Vietnamese pregnant women sent back from China after illegal entry for sale of newborns

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 19:12 GMT+7
Three Vietnamese pregnant women sent back from China after illegal entry for sale of newborns
A police officer of Ky Son District’s Huu Lap Commune advises a woman who once sold her newborn in China not to repeat such act. Photo: Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre

Chinese authorities have sent three Vietnamese pregnant women back to their homeland after detecting their illegal entry for the purpose of selling their newborns after birth. 

Law enforcement officers in Nghe An Province on Saturday morning said they were coordinating with the Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation and police of Nghe An’s Ky Son District to hand over three local women to their families.

These pregnant women are of the Kho Mu ethnic group, including Ven Me Trang, 33, Lu Thi Nhung, 18, and Moong Thi Sen, 26, Nghe An Online newspaper reported.

Of these women, Sen have entered the ninth month of pregnancy while Trang and Nhung have been pregnant for seven and five months, respectively.

All the three women suffered difficult circumstances before illegally crossing the border to China, local police said.

Trang could not raise her child after her husband died of a fatal illness. Meanwhile, Nhung got pregnant with her boyfriend, but their families did not approve their marriage.

As for Sen, she got pregnant with a man but he abandoned her after knowing her pregnancy.  

They then decided to illegally cross the border to China to sell their newborn babies after birth under the arrangements of some brokers.

The broker for Sen and Trang is 35-year-old Ven Thi Son, while that for Nhung is Luong Thi San, 29. Both Son and San married to Chinese men and have lived in China for many years, according to police information.

The three women left Vietnam separately in late March and they met in the Chinese province of Guangxi on April 1. When they were waiting for moving to another Chinese locality, local authorities detected and kept them in custody.  

After the three women had completed the required period of medical quarantine for COVID-19 prevention, Chinese authorities handed them over to their Vietnamese counterparts.  

In 2019, the People’s Committee of Nghe An Province issued documents requesting measures to be taken to boost the prevention of human trafficking.

The provincial authorities warned that human traffickers often incited pregnant women of six to eight months who are minority ethnic people living in mountainous areas to go to China for selling their future babies.  

By November 2018, 25 pregnant women of ethnic minority groups in Ky Son District had left for China for giving birth and six of them had sold their newborns for VND80-140 million (US$3,500 - 6,100) per baby, local police said.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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