According to officials, 382 abducted babies have been rescued, while close to 1,094 people were arrested after Chinese police broke up four international baby trafficking rings. 

The Associated Press reports that last year, police in Beijing and Jiangsu discovered four websites that were selling babies while using the guise of adoption. The Public Security Ministry adds that traffickers utilize the Internet to make their operations more covert and effective. 

Furthermore, the Associated Press stresses China's problem with child abduction, citing laws that limit the number of children families can have. Traditionally, boys are favored, and the issues of poverty and the market for children have made the practice of selling them disgustingly lucrative.

While child abduction is already punishable by death in some cases, China is also considering more stringent penalties for parents who sell their children.

[via Associated Press]