Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Asia-Pacific
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-------------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-------------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 


The BBC's Sophia Wilkinson reports
"Unicef believes there are more illegal adoption rackets operating"
 real 28k

Friday, 31 March, 2000, 12:50 GMT 13:50 UK
Vietnam jails baby smugglers
Vietnamese baby
Illegal sales of children went on for six years
A court in the northern Vietnamese province of Ninh Binh has sentenced 12 people for their roles in selling children for foreign adoption.

The leader of the ring, Vu Tien Manh, a senior official in the provincial Justice Department, received the longest term, of four and a half years in jail.

The defendants, who include three women, also face fines totalling 376 million dong ($27,000).

The judge in the trial said the group bought more than 170 new-born babies from unmarried Vietnamese women and desperate families in several northern provinces and then sold them to foreigners.

The sales went on for six years, until the ring was uncovered in 1998.

Payments

The judge said many of the children, each sold for between $1,000 and $1,500, were adopted by people from Belgium or France.



The gang paid pregnant women between between $200 and $700 for their babies.

Adoptive parents were told that the children had been abandoned by their mothers.

Nine people were convicted in January on similar charges of child peddling in the southern province of An Giang, in the country's first trial of this kind.

The French were the main adopters of Vietnamese children until 1999, when Paris stopped the programme because of concerns over Vietnamese adoption procedures.

In February, France and Vietnam signed a convention on co-operation in adoption matters which, when ratified, will allow legal adoptions to resume.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Asia-Pacific Contents

Country profiles
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to other Asia-Pacific stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Asia-Pacific stories