Shen­zhen cus­toms busts agent car­ry­ing sam­ples for baby gen­der test­ing

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

Shen­zhen cus­toms busted a woman who was car­ry­ing 203 tubes of blood sam­ples from preg­nant women for test­ing in Hong Kong to de­tect the gen­der of the ba­bies, me­dia re­ported Wed­nes­day.

Af­ter the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the two-child pol­icy, some Chi­nese par­ents would like to know their ba­bies’ gen­der be­fore they de­cide about the birth. It’s il­le­gal to iden­tity the gen­der of an un­born baby for non-med­i­cal pur­poses in the Chi­nese main­land, but it is al­lowed in Hong Kong. To meet the de­mand, many agen­cies are pro­vid­ing the ser­vice of car­ry­ing blood sam­ples to Hong Kong for test­ing, ac­cord­ing to Huang­gang cus­toms of­fi­cials in Shen­zhen.

The mid­dle-aged woman at­tempted to en­ter Hong Kong Tues­day af­ter­noon with a bag full of blood tubes which are used for DNA tests, the China News Agency re­ported, cit­ing cus­toms of­fi­cials. The woman was paid 100 yuan to 300 yuan each by the preg­nant women, the re­port said.

The case was handed to the Gen­eral Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Qual­ity Su­per­vi­sion, In­spec­tion and Quar­an­tine.

Huang­gang cus­toms had seized a total of 262 tubes of blood sam­ples of preg­nant woman recently.

The Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion re­leased a di­rec­tive in 2014 to in­ten­sify crack-down on baby gen­der tests, which clearly pro­hibit­ing car­ry­ing, mail­ing and trans­port­ing blood sam­ples out of the coun­try.

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