A civilian exposed China’s black market involving the trafficking and selling of newborn babies under the guise of adoption after a year-long voluntary undercover investigation.
According to The Paper, a Chinese state-owned digital newspaper, a civilian played a critical role in the anti-trafficking effort. The civilian, Zhengyi Shangguan, joined a baby trafficking WeChat group disguised as a barren woman who desired a daughter. After prolonged undercover work, Shangguan gradually gained the trust of the middleman and was later considered to be a suitable buyer.
Due to WeChat’s sensitive vocabulary recognition, new members must clearly state their needs or be removed from the chat group. Shangguan was able to identify the encrypted terms used by the group to avoid vocabulary detection.
On June 11, Shangguan received an encrypted message on WeChat suggesting that a baby girl would be available, followed by a phone conversation. The party that reached out to Shangguan was Ms. Zhu, one of the alleged orchestrators. Zhu said the baby girl was expected to be delivered around July 20 at a hospital, and the price would be $17,000.
She then guaranteed the baby’s health with a clean genetic history. Zhu also suggested that payment be made on the delivery day, but only cash would be accepted. In addition, Zhu repeatedly stated that a birth certificate was not recommended because it could easily be obtained afterward. However, if requested, the birth certificate would be an additional $6,000.
She explained that getting a birth certificate at the time of delivery would require the birth mother to use the buyer’s identity to register the baby, because if the birth mother knows who the buyer is, she may decide to look for her child in the future.
Zhu suggested that it’s best to pretend to be pregnant months otherwise, friends and neighbors might question when a child suddenly appears. To ensure smooth operations, Zhu claimed that she had connections in the local hospitals and that doctors and nurses generally turned a blind eye. “You have to spend what you have to spend to make things work,” Zhu added, and suggested that there are other staff that are part of the operation (Epoch Times).
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