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    Over 600 Arrested in China's Biggest Child Trafficking Raid

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    In a massive nationwide crackdown on human trafficking, Chinese authorities have busted an extensive child smuggling network that spans 10 provinces. Hundreds of individuals involved in child trafficking were arrested. And at least 178 babies have been freed.

    Chinese authorities embarked on a massive crackdown on human trafficking—busting a child smuggling network that spans ten provinces. At least 608 people were arrested, and 178 babies rescued.

    Chinese state-run media reported on Wednesday that police raided households in Putian in southeastern Fujian Province.

    In one village, a suspect paid nearly $9,000 for a baby boy.

    Criminal Investigation Division Vice Group Commander of Department of Public Security of Fujian Province Wang Xizhang questions one of the suspects.

    [Wang Xizhang, Vice Commander, Criminal Investigation Division]:
    "How much did you buy the baby for?"

    (NO TITLE BAR) [Unidentified Suspect]:
    "More than $7,000."

    (NO TITLE BAR) [Wang Xizhang, Vice Commander, Criminal Investigation Division]:
    "Boy or girl?"

    (NO TITLE BAR) [Unidentified Suspect]:
    "Boy."

    (NO TITLE BAR) [Wang Xizhang, Vice Commander, Criminal Investigation Division]:
    "How old is the baby?"

    (NO TITLE BAR) [Unidentified Suspect]:
    "More than four-months-old."

    (NO TITLE BAR) [Wang Xizhang, Vice Commander, Criminal Investigation Division]:
    "How old was he when you bought him?"

    (NO TITLE BAR) [Unidentified Suspect]:
    "Around 20-days-old."

    Another suspect says he did not know the baby he bought was stolen.

    (NO TITLE BAR) [Unidentified Suspect]:
    "How was I to know? They had documents and all sorts of other things. How could I know that he had been stolen?"

    Child trafficking is a moneymaking business. A baby boy can cost up to $8,000, while a baby girl can fetch over $3,100.