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Chinese officials seizing infants to sell in black market, claim parents.

Beijing, August 5(ANI): Parents in China have described reports of the government investigating reports of child abduction occurring in Longhui between 1999 and 2006 a mere eyewash.

They claim that kids are still being sold in the black market. China retains a lingering preference for boys and strict controls on the number of births have facilitated a lucrative black market in children, the New York Times reports.

Parents allege that the authorities treat babies as a source of revenue, routinely imposing fines of 1,000 dollars, failing which the babies are seized from their families and put up for adoption to foreigners.

Chinese citizen Yuan Xinquan's 52- day old daughter was nabbed by half dozen men after he failed to pay 6,000 renminbi as ransom in 2005. She is among 16 children seized by family planning officials between 1999 and late 2006 in Longhui County in China's Hunan province.

According to parents, the practice had ended in 2006, after an eight-month-old boy fell from the second-floor balcony of a local family planning office as officials tried to pluck him from his mother's arms.

China's state-controlled media ignored or suppressed the news until this May, when Caixin, an intrepid Chinese magazine, reported on the abductions and prompted an official inquiry.

Shaoyang Inspection Bureau head Zeng Dingbao has promised a diligent investigation.

He had earlier told People's Daily Online, the web version of the Communist Party's official newspaper, that the situation "really isn't the way the media reported it to be, with infants being bought and sold."

Parents allege that rather than helping to trace and recover the seized children, the authorities punish those who speak out against the practice.

"The larger issue is that the one-child policy is so extreme that it emboldened local officials to act so inhumanely," Brookings Institution senior fellow Wang Feng said.

The scandal also has raises questions about whether Americans and other foreigners have adopted Chinese children who were falsely depicted as abandoned or orphaned.(ANI)

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