BEIJING (AFP) – A Chinese mother has been charged with human trafficking for allegedly conspiring with a doctor to sell her baby boy for almost $7,000, media reported Sunday, the latest case highlighting the country’s lucrative child market.
The mother-in-law of the woman initially notified police in central Henan province that she suspected the child had been sold, a report by state news agency Xinhua said.
The woman, who was surnamed Huang, had previously told the family that the baby died soon after birth, said the report, which cites local prosecutors.
The woman had a son from a previous marriage and often “quarrelled” with her current husband, Xinhua said.
She “was worried that the new baby would affect the life of her first child”, it said.
A couple paid 42,000 yuan ($6,740) for the child, 7,000 yuan of which went to the obstetrician who helped find the buyers, according to Xinhua.