Chinese couple sell baby daughter to buy iPhone

Chinese couple sell baby daughter to buy iPhone
Sat Oct 19, 2013 19:57:39

An unemployed young Chinese couple will stand trial in Shanghai after allegedly selling their baby daughter to raise money for an iPhone and other luxury goods.

The couple, identified only as Zhang and Teng, have placed anonymous advertisements in newspapers suggesting they would be willing to part with their baby - unborn at that stage - in exchange for 50,000 yuan (about £5,000).

After a home birth, designed to cover-up the crime, they handed over the baby girl and received a large cash payment into their bank account on the very same day.

Police in Shanghai have charged the couple with human trafficking after accepting money for the baby.

The couple reportedly told prosecutors they were acting in their daughter’s best interests, claiming they had hoped to place her with a financially stable family who could provide an education.

“We did not give the baby away for money but in order to give it more security,” they were quoted as saying.

However, prosecutors believe the couple’s bank records clearly show they had in fact hatched a “sinister conspiracy” to profit from the child’s sale.

One credit card bill shows that immediately after “trading” the baby girl, the couple spent large amounts of cash on the internet, it was reported. Among their purchases were an iPhone and a pair of “high-end” trainers.

Prosecutors also allege that the couple attempted to disguise Zhang’s pregnancy in order to hide their crime. In order to explain her bump, neighbors were told she was suffering from a tumor.

Last year seven people were jailed in China’s Hunan province for involvement in the purchase of a kidney from a 17-year-old boy who used the money to buy an iPhone and an iPad.

The teenager “confessed to his mother when suffering from renal failure after the surgery”, the state news agency Xinhua reported.


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