A girl was pregnant after she was allegedly trafficked then sold into a forced marriage.
The 12-year-old girl, known as Lan Lan, confirmed to be pregnant after being taken to a hospital in Xuzhou last week for a pregnancy test. She was declared to be three months pregnant based on the report from People’s Daily Online.
The doctors who assisted Lan Lan spoke with her in private and suspected that she had been a victim of human trafficking and called the police, who have arrested the two adults who accompanied Lan Lan.
Lan Lan was taken to the Xuzhou Central Hospital in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, last October 4, 2016 by 35-year-old Liu, who had reportedly paid around 30,000 yuan (£3,600) for her to be his wife.
Aside from Liu, a 47-year-old woman surnamed Xie also accompanies the couple. Xie was thought to be the person who had sold Lan Lan to Liu.
Liu and Xie lied to the doctors that Lan Lan was already 20 years old. Due to their statements raised suspicion from the doctors.
An obstetrician at the hospital told local television station JSTV: ‘She has not hit puberty. Her appearance did not match the claim of her age.’
Hospital staff asked Liu and Xie to provide identity documents to prove Lan Lan’s age, but they failed to do so.
During a one-on-one consultation, the girl told doctors that she was originally from Vietnam.
However, doctors said she could also be saying ‘southern China’ as they did not understand her accent clearly.
Liu and Xie were reportedly feeling impatient while waiting for Lan Lan.
One of the adults threatened to ‘bomb the hospital because the doctor had asked too many questions’, the report said.
Seeing this, staff at the hospital alerted the police, who brought Liu, Xie and Lan Lan back to the police station for questioning.
Police officers in Quanshan, Xuzhou city, said Lan Lan was an overseas citizen, according to a post on their Weibo page on October 4, 2016.
They said they were still looking into her identity.
Several Chinese media, including The Paper, reported that the 12 year-old girl were sold by Vietnamese human traffickers to a rural village called Mei Zhai in Henan in 2014.
She was later adopted by 47 year-old Xie, who lives in the Tongshan district of Xuzhou city, reports said.
Last summer, Xie sold the girl to 35-year-old Liu and was paid £3,600.
Xie has been arrested under the suspicion of abducting and selling women and children while Liu has been arrested for buying kidnapped women and children.