China upholds death sentence for Vietnamese child trafficker

By Hao Nhien, Thanh Nien News

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The child trafficking gang stand trial in southern China on Jan. 26, 2015. Photo credit: Tencent News

A court in southern China upheld Monday the death penalty against a Vietnamese national for leading a gang convicted of smuggling 23 babies from Vietnam to China and selling them for money in 2010-2011. 
The appeals court in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region announced that Hoang Thanh Hang was guilty of leading the gang that smuggled 23 babies aged 10 days to several months. In some cases, they brought Vietnamese pregnant women to China and then sold the newborns. 
Chinese police rescued 11 babies in their crackdown on the gang. 
As many as 23 gang members, both Vietnamese and Chinese, were given sentences ranging from 22 months to life. 
Hang was sentenced to death in the first trial last May.
According to statistics, nearly 1,000 Vietnamese are trafficked and sold abroad each year, mostly to China.

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