The Straits Times
Published on Dec 26, 2012

Family planning official snared in China trafficking ring


BEIJING (AFP) - Police have detained two officials including one involved in family planning in China's latest crackdown on child trafficking that has ensnared 355 suspects, state media said on Wednesday.

Police from nine regions took part in the joint crackdown beginning Dec 18 against the nation's trafficking networks, rescuing 89 children, the public security ministry said in a report earlier this week.

Among the suspects was a family planning official surnamed Wang, who was arrested in the south-eastern province of Fujian and is being charged with trafficking four babies, the Global Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Police also arrested another official in Fujian after he and his wife purchased a baby boy, the report said. The couple already have a 10-year-old son.