Parents accused of selling children into slavery to support in-app purchase habit

Parents accused of selling children into slavery to support in-app purchase habit
Look, we love games like Marvel Puzzle Quest, Clash of Clans, Candy Crush, and Plants vs Zombies 2, which use in-app purchases as part of the experience; but, there are always people in the world who take things to terrifying extremes. The latest in that vein is a story from China, where parents are accused of taking their in-app purchase much too far.

The story goes that an unwed couple - A Hui and A Mei - are frankly just terrible people. Their first child was unplanned, and rather than support that child, they sold it to human traffickers. Unfortunately, A Mei got pregnant again. Once again, the couple didn't want to support the child, and again chose to sell it to human traffickers. The reasoning, according to A Mei, is that A Hui "likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes," so the couple couldn't afford to take care of the children. 

We would like to think it goes without saying, but it's always good to have priorities in life; and, once you're at an age where you have adult responsibilities, it seems reasonable that mobile gaming should usually be one of the lower priorities on that list. And, aside from the general ethical and moral issues, it would help to keep you out of jail (where A Hui and A Mei are now.)

source: Games in Asia via BGR

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30 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Hehe..Love the pic. Story didn't specifically say which phone they are using but since it's China, we already know :)

4. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

I know, iPhone releases and the same year we have human trafficking picking up for in-app purchases. Good thing Michael took a more diplomatic route to try to assuage the glaringly obvious by posting a play store picture.

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

The phone is irrelevant which is probably why it wasn't mentioned.

14. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

but its not........

10. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

It does not matter if it is an android,ios,blackberry,wp or whatever... it is about parents selling their children, you must be a kid to make this kind of jokes...

15. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

nope, phone usually is a good window on someones lifestyle, which is why now in america, police need a SEARCH WARNT to go through it (legally anyway #Hackers). so the Type of phone someone uses ALSO says alot about the person. sorry eye shieap

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

If you look at an article on business insider about this case, there is a line that says: "Internet addiction is a problem with fatal consequences. Late last year, another Chinese couple allegedly sold their daughter to human traffickers to purchase an iPhone." It's a problem that hits every platform, so your point is not really valid.

31. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

dude, u JUST MADE MY POINT FOR ME. why on Gods green earth would you counter with ANOTHER selling child for iphone article??

30. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

What are you talking about? They need a warranty because people have personal things on smartphones, what this has to do with the brand of the smartphones?

32. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yes, meaning that somones PHONE has become a big part of their LIFE...... so the type/Brand of device one CHOOSES to so store the parts of their LIFE in ........wait for it...... MATTERS!!!! plz dont defend the stupid (the baby 4 iphone ppl)

2. Michaelsalaets

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 09, 2014

is this real life

16. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yup it is

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

only in china...smh

17. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

but it is also seems ALOT easier to sell babies illegally in china too, so go figure.

5. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

What the ._.

9. Darkerm

Posts: 321; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

this one of the reason why in-app purchased must be Banned. :p I think dev should offer Free and Full version of their app but no matter what they won't cuz in-app purchase only way they can get money with crappy app -_-

18. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

true.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Goes to show how powerful Apple's lifestyle porn advertisements are.

12. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

What are you blathering about? This kind of thing could happen in Blackberry World. It really doesn't matter what ecosystem, it just illustrates that there are some garbage people out there who have serious issues. The tech is incidental. I suppose if he had gambled all of their money away in Macau, it would still somehow be Apple's fault in your little hatecology?

19. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

it could happen in BB world........BUT I DOESNT!!! it DOES matter the ecosystem & phone!!!! simple Phone, Simple people, DONT ARGUE!! STEVE JOBS said it himself

25. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

So, you are saying that this is Google's fault, since every study shows that iPhone users are the most educated and affluent, and Android users are less educated and poor?

29. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

no fool, mabey the studies show they buy them the most, but actually USE them for IMPORTANT ish!?!? yea right ex. my dad got an iphone 4s, kuz he thought he could talk to it like in the comercial.... yea hes not a gen Y 'er, but he still asks me how to use that piece of crap. i shoulda got him an android phone like my mom.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"... The tech is incidental. ..." Apple is a cunning, deceptive company, that doesn't sell technology on its own merits, but rather fake promises of some happy, wonderful, fulfilling life that you will have, but only if you buy their expensive stuff. If you are saying psychology doesn't work on human beings, then you are sadly mistaken. Certainly some people are more prone to do wrong things than others, but it is well documented that people go to extremes, often frightening and terrible extremes, for APPLE products.

24. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Except this is China broski. Which mobile platform dominates here?

27. willard12 unregistered

Probably the one with 80% share worldwide.

13. tacarat

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Sooooo, what's a baby worth these days?

20. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

idk, go on silk road and report back to us

21. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

In America couples like these will probably just go ask the government for money.

23. turk_az

Posts: 75; Member since: May 11, 2012

obviously they didn't have money to buy Condoms too

28. PhoneBug

Posts: 14; Member since: May 29, 2012

One word, Sterilization.

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