Industry Behind Child Trafficking in China Involves Organ Harvesting: Activist

By Xu Xiuhui  February 11, 2022

Recently, footage of a mentally-ill mother of eight who was chained up in a village hut sparked outrage on Chinese social media.

The controversy has sparked intense discussion about bride trafficking in the country, where men outnumber women due as a result of the decades-long “one-child” policy instituted by the Chinese Communist Party.

The incident serves to underscore wider problems relating to human trafficking in China, an industry that involves the abduction of children and organ harvesting, according to Chinese human rights activists.

Chinese dissident Yao Cheng was a volunteer at Women’s Rights in China (WRIC), a New York-based non profit, working in China from 2007 to 2016. In an interview with the Chinese-language edition of The Epoch Times, he recounted incidents of child trafficking, as well as suspected organ trafficking using childrens’ organs in China.

Girls in Nunneries

Since the regime adopted the one-child policy in 1979, many Chinese female infants have been killed, while some parents tried to give their female babies to Buddhist nunneries to give the child a chance of survival.

Yao recorded in his documentary “Girls in the Nunnery” how he helped to rescue many girls who grew up in a nunnery and to locate their biological families.

Epoch Times Photo
Undated photo of Yao Cheng. (Shi Ping/The Epoch Times)

His effort earned him 22 months of imprisonment in China in 2013.

Yao’s investigation found that thousands of girls were adopted from dozens of Buddhist nunneries in Tongcheng, a county-level city in Anhui, an eastern province of China.

“The newborns were left in a paper box or a basket padded with a blanket,” he said. “The lucky ones were raised by the nuns, but the nuns could only afford to raise a couple to a few; most others either froze to death or were killed by wild dogs. Of course, if any family was willing to adopt a female baby, the nuns would give it to them.”

Huge Profits

Chinese babies, both male and female, are all too often the victims of abduction or kidnapping, and trafficking, according to Yao.

He said that the Chinese police are good at catching state enemies, but not the traffickers, because many police are involved in the operations, which form an industrial chain involving huge profits.

Yao said that, according to statistics compiled by Chinese non profits including WRIC, an estimated 70,000 children are abducted yearly. This number does not include the children who were abandoned.

He explained that those who went missing were bought to be child brides (who would be married to a family member when the child reaches an appropriate age), prostitutes, or even organ donors.

Yao recalled seeing in Santow, an eastern coastal city in Guangdong Province, beds for boys and girls who had been sent to Southeast Asia for organ harvesting. Yao said that he collected all the evidence needed for prosecution, but the police refused to conduct an investigation or take any action to crack down on the crimes.

He believes the lack of response was associated with how lucrative the industry is. “The organs of a child are worth more than one million yuan ($157,000),” he said.

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