A Couple In China Sold Their New Born Baby To Buy What?

A young Chinese couple are facing criminal punishment for “selling” their infant daughter and using the proceeds to buy a product that we're all too familiar with. Are people losing their mind over gadgets or what?

  • The woman gave birth at home, and shortly after began to post an online advertisement for someone to take her daughter

    • Besides reportedly telling everyone that Ms. Zhang's baby bump was a tumor, the couple allegedly resorted to a home birth and exchanged their baby for a cash payment.

    • Prosecution in court said their ad stated they would consider parting with the child in exchange for 50,000 yuan — about $8,200. After the baby was born, they delivered her to one of the advertisement responders, prosecutors said.

    • That same day the couple’s bank account reflected a large cash deposit.

    • After the alleged "trade," the couple reportedly went on an online shopping spree, purchasing an iPhone and high-end athletic shoes, among other items.

  • The couple, known only as Mr. Teng and Ms. Zhang, admitted the baby was given to another family but they claim it was given away not for money.

    • “We did not give the baby away for money but in order to give it more security” with a family that could provide an education, they said, The Telegraph reported.

    • Prosecutors call the transaction a “sinister conspiracy” to sell the baby and say credit card bills from the couple seized after the money was deposited show several purchases.

  • Chinese netizens have taken to the Web to weigh in on the couple's consumer behavior.

    • "So cold-blooded! These people do not deserve the right to be parents!" said Wangzhan1969 in a microblog posting.

    • "This is good business -- no capital, huge profit and no need to sell kidneys," said another posting.

  • Apple products are a sign of status in China.

    • Possessing an iPhone or an iPad represents prestige and class regardless of how much money they actually have in the bank.


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