Woman convicted of trafficking pregnant women to Hong Kong

Map of China and Hong Kong | photo from china-mike.com/

According to Worldcrunch.com, a woman has been arrested in Hong Kong for allegedly trafficking pregnant women.

Xu Li has been aiding pregnant women from mainland China cross the border to Hong Kong to give birth since 2010, according to the article.

Cross-border trafficking has been on the rise recently as wealthy Chinese women cross the border to give birth in Hong Kong “so their child can obtain residency there.” Locals are furious about this since it is diverting hospital resources and disrupting maternity services to the women who live in Hong Kong.

Li was convicted of “violating her conditions- not to conduct any commercial activity within the seven-day entry period; and her false declaration by denying knowledge of her client.”

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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