Father Sells His Baby Boy on Social Media So He and His Girlfriend Could Buy New Phones

International   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 8, 2017   |   7:02PM   |   Beijing, China

A sign of moral decay, money and material possessions today often are being held in higher regard than human lives.

Unborn babies are aborted because their parents say they cannot afford them or want to pursue careers instead. Older adults and those struggling with special needs or diseases are sometimes pressured to commit assisted suicide or be euthanized.

And in many places in the world, children are being sold and trafficked.

This week, the Daily Mail reports authorities in China are investigating a couple who allegedly sold their 2-month-old son on a social media auction. News reports in China indicate the baby boy was sold for 19,000 yuan (about $2,800) before authorities learned about the illegal auction and arrested the father.

Here’s more from the report:

According to Jiangxi Broadcasting Station, the incident occurred in Ganzhou, China’s Jiangxi Province, in late May.

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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 said they later found the boy with a middle-aged woman in the village. She initially claimed the boy was the son of an acquaintance, according to police; but when they continued to question her, police said she admitted that she bought the boy from his parents.

The reports do not provide many details about the baby boy’s condition or future.

Police said his parents used the money to buy food, clothes and cell phones. The parents said they were too poor to raise a child.

According to the report, police arrested the father on suspicion of illegally buying and selling children. It is not clear if his girlfriend, the mother of the child, was arrested.

Similar cases have been reported in the United States. In March, Fox News reported a Tennessee couple allegedly tried to sell their 5-month-old child through an ad on Craigslist.