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8 sentenced for abducting, murdering children in China as govt tries to combat trafficking

BEIJING — The Chinese government is tightening adoption rules to combat child trafficking, state media reported Tuesday, a day after eight people convicted of abducting or murdering children received sentences including the death penalty.

Only orphanages will be able to offer abandoned infants and children for adoption, and adults who adopt without official registration will not be recognized as legal guardians, the China Daily reported.

China has a thriving domestic black market in children, mostly involving buyers who want more children or those who want them as slave labor.

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