BEIJING, Jan. 7 (Xinhuanet) — Five men went on trial in Shanghai this week for using the Internet to recruit people, mainly middle-school students, to sell their blood.
The Yangpu District People’s Court began hearing the case, the first of its kind in the city, on Monday.
Prosecutors told the court that the men, who range in age from 21 to 49, recruited more than 100 people to sell their blood between November 2001 and May 2003, earning themselves more than 100,000 yuan (US$12,048).
Prosecutors accused them of illegally organizing others to sell blood. According to China’s Criminal Law, illegal blood dealers face a maximum penalty of five years in jail if convicted.
The full Xinhua article is here.