China executes man trafficking 22 infants

Beijing, Jan 29 (IANS) A man convicted of trafficking 22 infants was executed in China’s Henan province, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) said on Friday.

Following an order issued by the SPC president, a regional court executed Tan Yongzhi, Xinhua reported, without detailing the exact date.
From February 2008 to April 2013, Tan, along with two accomplices, “bought” the infants in China’s Yunnan province, transported them to Henan and sold them, the statement said. Four others involved in the crime chain also received sentences.
The parents of the 22 infants have not been reached so far.
Tan, 69, was given a death sentence in 2014. He argued during the trial that he was “doing good” for those who wanted a baby, according to the media reports.
“I was helping others and just acted as a go-between,” Tan said.
The report said Tan bought a boy for more than 30,000 yuan ($4,580) and a girl at about 16,000 yuan. He then sold the kids for 1,000 to 3,000 yuan higher than what he paid.
China has intensified crackdowns on trafficking of women and children. The country sentenced 1,362 people with the crime in 2015, a drop of 50 percent from 2012, according to the SPC.