China Executes Woman Accused Of Child Trafficking

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Beijing: A woman accused of being part of a transnational child trafficking gang was executed in southern China on Tuesday.

Huang Qingheng’s execution was sanctioned by China’s Supreme Court. Huang, whose nationality was not clear, and her gang were found guilty of trafficking more than 20 infants and children since 2010, according to the court verdict.

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Children were smuggled from Vietnam to be sold in China, mainly in Guangdong Province, or pregnant Vietnamese women were sent to China and to sell their children after they were born, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Eleven of the children were rescued by Chinese police, 10 of whom were Vietnamese and sent back to Vietnam. There were 23 members with Huang’s gang, who are both Chinese and Vietnamese nationals. Apart from Huang, they were given jail terms ranging from 22 months to life imprisonment after they were convicted of child trafficking.

Huang was sentenced to death by the Intermediate People’s Court of Fangchenggang City in Guangxi for being found guilty of child trafficking in a first-instant trial held in May 2014. She was also stripped of all her property. Huang appealed her case to a higher court.

The higher people’s court also dismissed her appeal in January 2015 and upheld the ruling made by the lower court before submitting Huang’s death sentence to the Supreme Court for approval.