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