Wednesday, May 23, 2012


3,000 Yuan Could By a Baby Girl for Eating

Cannibalistic news in Guangdong, China: 3,000 yuan could buy a baby girl for eating

Origonal Article: 三千块钱吃女婴? 广东传出人吃人骇闻!
Writer: unknown Note: The same Text appers on the News Flash
Translated by: Eva Pan

Recently, deplorable news is spreading in China of a new trend of drinking baby soup.

Spending around three or four thousand yuans could purchase a seven or eight month-old baby as soup ingredient. A Taiwanese businessman described the baby soup as a fortifying tonic.

Mr. Wang, a Taiwan businessman in Dongguang, Guangdong province, told the reporter that he is a patron of the baby soup. He said that the baby soup can restore vial energy. According to Mr. Wang if boiled together with Melina officinalis, Codonopsis pilosula, Chinese angelica , Qi Zi, ginger pieces, and chicken sparerib for about eight hours, the baby soup is good for the blood.

Mr. Wang sat hugging his 19 year-old mistress, who’s from Hunan province. He continued say: “I am already 62 years-old, I am still able to have sex every night, and it is all dependant on this [baby soup].” Mr. Wang saw the reporter was looking suspicious, and he volunteered to bring the reporter to taste the soup.

Mr. Wang then brought the reporter to a restaurant in Fusan, Guangdong, where cooks the baby soup. After they arrived, the restaurant’s assistant chef told them that: “the ribs (referring to babies) are hard to find, there is none in stock, but there are fresh placentas. Placentas cannot be put in freezer, and it’s good to eat them fresh.” The chef also told the reporter, if they want eat ‘that’ (the baby), there was a worker couple from outside the province that might be willing to sell the baby. The couple already had two daughters, and the wife was again eight months pregnant. The parents will use salt water to expedite the child’s birth. If the baby is a girl, the parents then will sell the baby to the shop for soup.
After a few weeks of researching and interviewing, the reporter heard many more rumors about the baby soup but he never witnessed any. He was doubtful and decided to end his research. Surprisingly, a few days later, Mr. Wang called him again, and said he found a baby. The weather had gotten colder and a few of his friends wanted take some tonic.

Mr. Wang and his friends brought the reporter to a restaurant in Taishan, Guangdong, and met with the chief chef, chef Guao. Chef Guao brought them to the restaurant kitchen to see the baby. The baby was already dead, around five months old, and as tiny as a cat. The Chef also said with apology that a friend of his got the baby from the country side but did not want to inform the restaurant of the baby’s purchasing price. Instead, the chef told the reporter that a baby’s purchase price is usually around the same figure of the baby’s age. The price also deepens on whether or not the baby was born alive or dead.

Mr. Wang told the reporter that it costed him 3,500 yen for this soup, and he did not want to care about any other details.

The reporter later found from his chat with Mr. Wang and his friends that the babies were often already dead from miscarriages and abortions. The person who transfers the baby has to give the midwives a few hundred dollars in red envelopes. During the third trimesters, the person who transfers the baby must give the parent two thousand yuan as adoption fee, regardless of whether the baby is born alive or dead. Even if the babies are alive, they will be killed to be put in the soup.The reporter was invited to taste the soup, but did not have the courage to drink it, and left the restaurant.

Chinese Tradition

Traditionally, the Chinese families desired to have sons as their old-age insurance. The filial responsibilities of caring for elders were undertaken by the sons. Another reason is that the sons generate grandchildren and carry on the family name(1). However, the women in ancient China had diminutive power, and daughters were portrayed as “objects”, sold off into marriage, and could not carry on the family name. For these reasons, sons are more valuable in Chinese culture and the dispensable daughters often suffer from infanticide, especially in poor families.

The Chinese traditional culture has gradually changed in these two decades. Under the influence of Chairman Mao, women were slowly gaining equality in China. However, the one-child-policy, implemented in 1979 in China for the reasons of financial security and appropriate living arrangement, has raised the Chinese parents’ desire for a son and threatened the security of parents and the continuation of their family name(2). Many more baby daughters are commonly killed in China. Particularly in rural areas, where people have low income.

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