A former ob-gyn nurse was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in jail by the Hanoi People's Court for trafficking babies.
Nguyen Thi Kim Chi, 59, had brought babies from women with unexpected pregnancies to sterile couples looking for children, earning herself up to VND35 million (US$1,700) from each of the four transactions she brokered between early 2009 and November 2010.
Chi, who worked as a nurse at the National Ob-Gyn Hospital, said she understood the demand and supply for children and just connected parties as "a mercy" for all involved.
But Hanoi People's Court concluded that the operation was merely for profit.
In one case, Chi gave a college student in Hanoi VND5 million to take her baby and charged the couple who received the child VND35 million.
Chi's husband Dang Quang Hy, 78, was sentenced to six years for assisting his wife in seeking the babies, while her sister-in-law, Bui Thi Le Thuan, 50, got four years for helping Chi take care of the babies before their prospective parents were found.
Thuan was paid VND70,000 (US$3.5) a day for running the makeshift nursery.
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