19-year-old sold newborn baby for an iPhone and motorbike: "I really didn't know it was illegal"

Unfortunately, this is not a story taken from The Onion: a 19-year-old in China has sold his newborn daughter for money and spent the cash for a new iPhone and a motorbike.

The gruesome transaction took place nearly a year ago. The young man identified as A Duan allegedly sold his 18-day-old daughter to a stranger and received some 23,000 yuan (the equivalent of around $3,500) and there was even some bargaining for the price, according to the report. The whole story takes place in the city of Tong'an, in the province of Fujian.

The father of the child had not yet completed high school, while the mother was below the age of consent when the child was conceived.

The father had obviously gone looking for a way to sell the child to get money and found a willing buyer on Chinese chat service QQ. The stranger claimed he was buying the child for his sister.

The mother was later tracked down by police and detained. She confessed: "I myself was adopted, and many in my hometown sell their children, because I can’t grow them," she said, according to reports. "I really didn’t know it was illegal."

Both the mother and the father have now been sentenced, but the penalties are not the maximum allowed since the judge found their difficult circumstances played a role in their decision. The man will serve a three year prison sentence, while the mother received a suspended sentence of two and a half years.

The absurdity concludes with the fact that since the parents are considered unable to look after the child, the buyer's sister is still looking after the kid.

source: Xiamen Daily via Epoch Times



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012


6. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

This 19 year old will be the next Steve Jobs

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

With no high school finished he can only be Duan Nojobs

65. matistight

Posts: 986; Member since: May 13, 2009

How many years do you go to school in china??? In the US people graduate at 17/18

83. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

If you drop out you can be any age without graduating.

23. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Kidney is too mainstream.

41. engineer-1701d unregistered

what's the problem the baby would have been better off with new family bit knowing anything but know is all over the Web for ever. this is legal if you pay the gov yet not when u exclude them

64. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

A person selling his kid for an iPhone is not "selling" the kid to have a better future. he is selling him/her for a f**king 16GB iPhone 6S. It's too overpriced... back in my day we could get it for a kidney.

72. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

at least she found better parent that willing to pay 3.5grand for her.. if not, she'll stuck with parent that prefer to own motorcycle+iPhone than own her

2. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Jiaozi, Baozi, Rou Jia Mo and babies for sale.

43. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

such a cute baby in the article photo. I will buy one if it is legal to do so.

3. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015


4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

And the parent of the year go to.... But seriously. SELLING YOUR OWN CHILD...for an iPhone and motorbike lmao. Snowcat would be proud

49. TerryTerius unregistered

Well, technically they sold their kid for money. But yes, disgusting.

5. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I hope it was at least an iPhone 6s plus 128gb version.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I hope it was the iPhone 6s 16 GB. Those disgusting creatures deserves nothing more.

13. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Wow ! You're cruel ! Personally I wouldn't settle for anything less then an iPad Pro with Apple Pencil and keyboard cover included but that's just me.

16. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You guys are seriously debating on what you want in place of a baby??? What's the difference between that father and you?

19. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

The difference is we wouldn't do disgusting things like selling kids. By the way you're misunderstanding the conversation.

67. Rydsmith unregistered

They can take a joke, unlike some.

7. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Depravity of Mankind never ceases to amaze me.

8. AllFanboysMatter

Posts: 206; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Exactly. At least let the phone be a S7 edge.

14. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You should be sentenced for a month! "Atleast" nothing can replace a human...not a flagship of any kind!

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Its not only a flagship phone there's a motor bike too !

17. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

And i quote "....of any kind"

26. TBomb

Posts: 1484; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I think they're just joking around bro... don't worry

52. TerryTerius unregistered

The reality is, it depends on how much you value human life. A hell of a lot of people in this world don't believe it to be anything close to priceless or peerless. Unfortunately.

31. saif2711

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

No one cares for samsung in china.it's either iPhone or their own xiaomi or huawei or whatever.

11. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Yeah someone,did not get part in the evolution.

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Waiting for another stupid "that's the isheep thing"

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