A Chinese man and his wife have been jailed for selling their 18-day-old baby online so he could buy a new iPhone.
According to information gathered, the man, from Tong’un, Fujian Province, used social media to sell his daughter for £2,500 (23,000 Yuan) so he could buy the Apple product and a motorbike, a court in China heard.
The man, identified only by the pseudonym ‘A Duan’, found a buyer through social media network QQ after spending time in internet chat rooms, the People’s Daily Online reported.
The couple, who were 19-year-old when the baby was unintentionally conceived reached agreement to sell the baby because of financial hardship.
The mother of the child, given the pseudonym ‘Xiao Mei’, worked several part-time jobs but eventually agreed to let her partner sell her to buy the goods.
She reportedly 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.’
The buyer, who has not been named, is said to have bought the baby for his sister. She still has the baby while officials decide on the best course of action.
A Duan was given a three year jail sentence while Xiao Mei was given a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence, according to the Epoch Times.
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