[quote]Police in southwestern China discovered 28 baby girls hidden in suitcases on a long-distance bus and apparently destined to be sold, police and a state-run newspaper said.
One of the babies had died by the time police, acting on a tip-off, found them Tuesday night on the bus at a highway toll gate in Bingyang, Guangxi province, the Beijing Morning News said.
Another officer said the youngest babies were only a few days old. “They had been on the bus for four or five hours before they were found,” he said.
The oldest baby was no more than three months old, the newspaper reported.
Some of the infants were two or three to a suitcase. The nylon suitcases were stacked on the luggage rack, the back row of seats and along the sides of the bus.
The babies appeared to have been drugged to keep them from crying and being found.
“Most of the people arrested were middle-aged women from Bingyang. They probably wanted to make some money. They might have been headed for Guangdong,” he said.[/quote]