Friday, October 18, 2013
China: An unemployed couple will stand trial in Shanghai for selling their baby and using the proceeds to bankroll an online shopping spree, including the purchase of an iPhone
The couple, named only as Mr Teng and Ms Zhang, began posting online adverts for the child in June 2013. The adverts suggested that they would be willing to part with their unborn baby in exchange for up to 50,000 yuan (£5,070). After a home birth, designed to cover-up the crime, they handed over the baby girl and received a large cash payment into their bank account on the very same day. In 2012, seven people were jailed in China’s Hunan province for involvement in the purchase of a kidney from a 17-year-old boy who used the money to buy and iPhone and an iPad. The teenager confessed to his mother when suffering from renal failure after the surgery.