A man from China sold his infant daughter so he could pay for an iPhone and a motorcycle has now been given a three-year jail sentence.
A Duan, whose identity has been kept hidden, is from Tong’an in the Fujian province of Southeastern China. According to the People’s Daily Online, he searched online for a buyer for his 18-day-old child.
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Using the social media network QQ, he sold his baby for 23,000 Yuan or $3,558 US dollars. The child’s mother is said to have worked at temporary jobs while her partner spent his time in Internet cafes.
The couple met in 2013, and after delaying their marriage plans because they were under the legal age, they bore a child from an unplanned pregnancy.
The parents were nineteen years old at the time of the birth and they badly needed money. Feeling that a child would be a financial burden, A Duan tried to sell her to buy the gadgets that he wanted. The buyer, whose identity has not been revealed, turned himself into the police. He had purchased the child for his sister, who is now caring for the child until police can determine the best arrangements. The child’s mother has fled from Tong’an, intent on beginning a new life.
Despite his numerous threats from A Duan, she has refused to return to the province and has found a new job in another city.
She has been found by the police who are investigating the illegal sale of the newborn. She has told police, “I myself was adopted, and many people in my hometown send their kids to other people to raise them. I really didn’t know that it was illegal.”
A Duan was given a three-year jail term, while the mother, Xiao Mei, was given a 2.5-year suspended sentence. In China, as many as 200,000 children are kidnapped annually and sold openly. Child trafficking has long been a problem in the country, with the authorities failing to end the practice.
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