On the heels of international news about a newborn baby who was found in a sewage pipe after being born alive and flushed down the toilet comes another tragic story from China.
A blind Chinese woman has admitted she sold four of her children because her husband is unable to keep a job to provide for their family. The London Daily Mail newspaper reports that Du Xiurong, from Shibei Village in Mianyang sold the four children between 2005 and 2012. The sold kids include three girls and one boy.
The newspaper says Du has given birth to six children and has kept her oldest son and daughter.
Because of China’s one-child, forced-abortion policy Du has had to keep her pregnancies hidden from family planning officials.
‘I have no other choice. If I were not blinded I wouldn’t have to do this,’ she said.
‘I am not selling them out, but giving them away. In return I only charge a bit for pregnancy fees.
‘I love babies. If I were capable, I definitely would bring them up. But I really can’t support them. I then find them good families to adopt them.’
Claiming that she has done nothing wrong, Du said: ‘I gave out babies to families which can’t give birth. They want babies and I helped them.’
She added: ‘Rich people give out money for a daughter’s wedding. Middle-class people earn money for a daughter’s marriage, and poor people sell sons and daughters.’
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This January Du was detained for selling her babies, but she was released not long after due to her disability.
According to Du, who was blinded in an accident when she was five, she got married when she was 14.
‘My parents saw me as a burden,,’ she said. ‘They wanted to get rid of me as soon as possible. So when they knew someone wanted to get married with me they couldn’t wait to push me out’.
However, she soon found that her husband was unable to hold down a job.