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Baby Girl Sold To Buy iPhone, Other Luxuries for Chinese Parents

Friday, 18 Oct 2013 12:46 PM

By Ken Mandel

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A Chinese couple is facing criminal charges for illegally selling their baby girl, then using part of the money to buy an Apple iPhone and other luxury items, according to state media.

Prosecutors in Shanghai assert that the pair engaged in human trafficking by advertising online to give their third child up for adoption online for cash, according to The Telegraph.

The couple, identified only as Mr. Teng and Ms. Zhang by Shanghai's Jiefang Daily newspaper, began posting notes regarding the child in June, and asked for as much as 50,000 yuan ($8,200) for their unborn daughter. After a home birth, the pair gave up the girl in return for a large cash deposit in their bank account.

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According to prosecutors, the two said they were hoping to place the girl with a stable family who could provide for her.

"We did not give the baby away for money, but in order to give it more security," they told the paper.

Apple introduced the iPhone 5s and 5c in China last month, and demand has been high. Some people have taken extreme measures to obtain the expensive device. Last year, a teenager sold his kidney, and bought an iPhone and iPad with the money, according to the Huffington Post.

Beyond buying luxury goods, many people have gone to desperate lengths to shed the responsibility of raising a child.

Earlier this week, a woman from East Naples, Fla., was accused of selling a child the child on a stranger’s doorstep.

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