today's Pick
China gang forced children to donate blood
Publish Date: Aug 16, 2014
China gang forced children to donate blood
Seven people were arrested in northwest China allegedly involved in a scheme that forced school children to donate blood
  • mail
  • img
newvision

BEIJING - Police arrested seven people in northwest China allegedly involved in a scheme that forced school children to donate blood, state media reported.

The arrested are the deputy chief of a blood centre operated by a company in Gansu province, whose surname was given as Huang, and six jobless men, the official Xinhua news agency reported late Friday.

The company, Lanzhou Institute of Biological Products in the city of Wuwei, is one of the country's biggest producers of blood products, the report said.

According to the report, a friend of Huang's surnamed Zhang and some of Zhang's friends forced primary and secondary school children to go to the centre to donate blood, Xinhua said, citing an unnamed official with the public security bureau in Wuwei's Liangzhou District.

Blood can legally be donated in China from the ages of 18 to 55, Xinhua said.

At least eight pupils, who ranged in age from 10 to 16, were compelled to donate blood at least once a month for seven months, the official said, with the group taking in 6,250 yuan ($1,000).

The suspects would use false identification cards at the centre to pretend that the donors were adults, the official said.

A duty officer at the public security bureau in Wuwei's Liangzhou district reached by AFP on Saturday would provide no confirmation or details.

China National Radio quoted Li Yongming, a propaganda official with the Wuwei police, as saying that both the number of children and the monetary amount involved could increase.

Blood centres in China must double-check a donor's identity before taking blood, the report said.

Huang, the centre's deputy chief, told police he was under pressure to increase the number of donors and sought Zhang's help, Xinhua said.

The gang beat the children to make them cooperate and the scandal came to light when one of the them sought assistance from his parents, the report said.

AFP

 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
Ugandan rebels spread fear with DR Congo massacres
You sent soldiers to wipe us out, but here we are." That was the chilling message from Ugandan rebels during the latest massacre in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to one survivor...
Mbabazi steps aside as NRM secretary general
National Resistance Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi, has taken leave of absence from office....
Makerere university students strike
Makerere university students have gone on strike protesting a hike in graduation fees....
European foreign ministers gather in Luxembourg Monday to try and formalise a joint EU response to combat the Ebola virus amid diplomatic warnings the crisis has reached a "tipping point"....
D-day looms for Pistorius over killing of lover
South Africa's fallen star Oscar Pistorius could be jailed for 10 years or return to serve house arrest Tuesday when he will be sentenced for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp....
Egg freezing: controversial new benefit in the US workplace
Free meals, four months of maternity leave and now egg-freezing: Facebook''s latest gift to its employees has rekindled debate on the role of women in the company....
Do Ugandan tycoons prepare their children to take over their business empires?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter