Pregnant Woman Hides in Airport for a Week

Authorities say she was desperate to give birth in Hong Kong
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2016 3:24 AM CST
Pregnant Woman Hides in Airport for a Week
Hong Kong International Airport was the woman's hideout.   (Wikipedia/Christian Schr?der)

A mainland Chinese woman was so desperate to give birth in Hong Kong that she spent a week camped out in the airport after deliberately missing a connecting flight to Guangzhou, authorities say. Children born in Hong Kong to mainland women gain the right of abode there, and authorities have spent years trying to reduce the number of women crossing the border to give birth. The 26-year-old woman, who managed to avoid raising the suspicions of authorities during her time in the restricted area of Hong Kong International Airport last July, only sought medical help when her labor pains began, reports the Hong Kong Free Press. This week, she was sentenced to six months in prison for staying in the restricted area without a permit, the Standard reports. (Mainland authorities wouldn't let Miss World Canada board her flight from Hong Kong.)

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