“I gave birth to a girl. She’s eight months old. Because I’m a single mother…” read a message on Realize Your Dream for a Family, a website that the Chinese police say posed as a public welfare group connecting childless couples with children needing homes, but that in reality was a hard-nosed business buying and selling babies.
The “for sale” message ends there, with a visitor unable to open the link a day after the Ministry of Public Security announced that it had broken up four major baby-trafficking rings and arrested more than 1,000 people. The police identified the websites as Realize Your Dream for a Family, Everyone Wants Me, Adopt8 and China Orphan Net. About 30 instant-messenger groups on the popular Tencent QQ service were also being used to discuss details such as the prices of the babies, the police said.