Desperate for a new iPhone, one couple in China decided that selling their newborn baby was the only way they could get the ‘prized’ item.
According to Chinese news site, People’s Daily Online, a 19-year-old couple became less than willing parents after the unplanned conception of their child. When the baby was just 18-days-old, the baby’s father used social media to trade their baby in for cold hard cash.
They allegedly placed their baby up for sale on instant messaging service QQ for 23,000 Yuan, the equivalent of $AU4700 – as they wanted to buy a new iPhone and a motorbike.
The baby was reportedly purchased by a Chinese man and is currently living with the man’s sister until police resolve the situation.
The 19-year-old biological father was arrested after the man who had ‘purchased’ the baby handed himself in to authorities. The biological father is currently serving a three-year jail term.
The baby’s biological mother was also found and told her own ‘version’ of events surrounding the sale of her baby:
“I myself was adopted, and many people in my hometown send their kids to other people to raise them. I really didn’t know it was illegal,” she said, according to London newspaper The Telegraph.
It is believed thousands of children are stolen and sold online each year in China. Around the world, it is less common but it still happens.
In 2013 for instance, an Indian man was arrested for selling his grandson on Facebook for less than $AUD1000. Also in 2013, a British woman was found guilty of a similar crime when she posted an advertisement selling her four-month-old on Gumtree.
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