China sentences 24 in baby trafficking case; ring leader given death sentence

A Chinese news agency says the leader of a baby trafficking gang that brought at least 23 boys or pregnant women from Vietnam to China has been sentenced to death.

The official Xinhua News Agency said 23 other members of the gang were given sentences Friday by a court in the southern region of Guangxi ranging up to life in prison.

A Vietnamese woman who was among those sentenced also was ordered expelled to her home country.

The report said the trafficking ring operated in 2010 and 2011 and sold the babies for adoption in China. Police broke up the ring in 2011.