Chi­nese cou­ple sell their baby girl for $3,530 to buy iPhone

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A Chi­nese cou­ple was sen­tenced to three years in jail for sell­ing their new­born 18-day­old baby daugh­ter for US$3,530 to buy an iPhone. A Duan, father of the child, from Fu­jian Prov­ince in coun­try’s south­east found a buyer for his 18-day-old child on the so­cial me­dia site QQ, who paid the money for the baby, state-run Peo­ple’s Daily on­line re­ported.

The man al­legedly in­tended to buy an iPhone and a mo­tor­bike with the funds. The mother, iden­ti­fied as Xiao Mei, re­port­edly worked many part-time jobs while the father spent his most of time in in­ter­net cafes.

The cou­ple met at work back in 2013 and, af­ter plans for their mar­riage were shelved with nei­ther party meet­ing the le­gal age, their child was born fol­low­ing an un­wanted preg­nancy. Both par­ents were 19 at the time and be­ing short of money and find­ing his new­born daugh­ter to be a fi­nan­cial bur­den, A Duan ea­gerly took up the op­por­tu­nity to traf­fic her off in or­der to buy the ma­te­rial pos­ses­sions he de­sired.

Mei had fled from Tong’an af­ter the baby was sold, but was tracked down by po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the il­le­gal sale. “I my­self was adopted, and may peo­ple in my home­town send their kids to other peo­ple to raise them. I re­ally didn’t know that it was il­le­gal,” Mei said.

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