Blood slaves in Guangdong – Chen Peijin

Shanghaiist reports on a recent expose in the Chinese media of illegal blood-selling in Guangdong Province:

When you’ve got nothing left to sell, sell your blood. That’s how many people in China, most notably in Henan, got AIDS. But as long as there’s poverty, you can bet that there will be people willing to sell their own blood. In the town of Jieyang in Eastern Guangdong province, a recent expose lead to greater media attention, which meant that the authorities actually had some work to do. An investigation started, which lead to the suspension of three officials (pending further investigation) as well as the arrests of the blood-selling mafia’s ringleaders (both reports in Chinese).

According to this report (in Chinese), this phenomenon has been going on for as long as 20 years. [Full text]


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