Sections Skip to content Skip to site index An attack at a Queens maternity center shined a light on private, unregulated nurseries that cater to both New Yorkers and Chinese tourists. Yu Fen Wang with one of her granddaughters. The police say Mrs. Wang stabbed three babies sleeping in bassinets in a Queens maternity center last month. Credit Credit Supported by ByLiz Robbins and Christina Goldbaum Oct. 10, 2018 Dark circles formed like warning signs beneath Yu Fen Wang’s eyes as she worked 12-hour graveyard shifts in a Queens maternity center that operated on the margins of legality. Her family said she had grown gaunt, could not sleep and told her husband she no longer wanted to live. Her employers, however, said they needed her to work. And her family needed the money. She earned less than $100 a day, they said, working in a private house that had been converted into a combined nursery and hotel for newborn babies and their mothers. An open secret in the Flushing community, the center was part of an underground industry catering to a demanding clientele: local mothers resting after childbirth and Chinese visitors coming to have their babies in the United States,… Read full this story
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