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Report: Infants for Sale in Vietnam

November 26, 1998

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) _ Babies are for sale at an underground market in Ho Chi Minh City, according to a newspaper report.

The Dai Doan Ket newspaper reported Wednesday that four to seven pregnant women willing to sell their babies are often in front of the city’s main Ben Thanh market.

Prices range from $215 to $1,070 depending on the infant’s sex and whether it has an official birth certificate, the newspaper said. Vietnam’s annual income is about $340 per person.

The women at the market said they used to get abortions, but they now go ahead and have the babies for the money. Some told the newspaper this was not the first time they had sold their babies.

The newspaper said many of the women were prostitutes.

Child trafficking has been on the rise in Vietnam, thanks to foreigners wanting to adopt. Earlier this year, police in southern An Giang province arrested six people on charges of child trafficking.

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