Yes, you read that headline correctly. No, this is not “fake news.” Horrible, wicked people are selling their own offspring for electronics.
This week, LifeNews.com called attention to a report that Chinese authorities are investigating a couple believed to have sold their 2-month-old son on an illegal online auction. According to the Daily Mail, the child was allegedly sold for 19,000 yuan, or about $2,800.
The father of the child has since been arrested and is under investigation. Police say he used the money to buy food, clothes, and cell phones for himself and his girlfriend.
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According to Jiangxi Broadcasting Station, the incident occurred in Ganzhou, China’s Jiangxi Province, in late May.
The Ganzhou police were informed by people who saw the advertisement posted by the couple on WeChat, the Chinese equivalent to Whatsapp.
The police immediately dispatched officers to track down the couple.
After they found the father, he admitted that he had already sold the baby to a family living in a small village in Shashi Town, Ganzhou.
Police say they were eventually able to recover the boy, who was living with a middle-aged woman in the village. At first, the woman claimed that the child was the son of a friend, but after further questioning, police said she admitted to purchasing the boy from his parents.
It was not immediately clear if the father’s girlfriend, the mother of the child, faces any charges.
Both parents claimed they were too poor to raise a child.
For many readers, this case may sound like an anomaly. After all, it’s not every day that you hear of parents auctioning off their children on online forums.
But in the United States, a much more subtle display of moral rot can be seen in the number of children who are aborted for reasons just as base and selfish. Perhaps a couple decides to abort because they wish to purchase a larger home, pay off college loans, or simply enjoy a greater degree of “independence.” It all comes from the same warped belief that material things and individual gratification are worth more than life itself.
Cases like the one in China will become increasingly common if society continues to ignore — and in many cases, justify — the deliberate taking of innocent lives.