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Man arrested in China for allegedly selling his newborn baby

Caitlin Ashworth

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A man was in China allegedly sold his newborn son to an online buyer for 18,000 pounds or 722,000 baht. The father claimed the Covid-19 pandemic left him unemployed and he needed the money, so he put his baby – just 40 days old – up for sale.

The alleged buyer was a woman who was unable to have children, reports say. Sometime after the purchase, the woman was carrying the baby at a train station in Hefei, China and looked suspicious. English-language reports do not go into detail about the woman’s behavior at the train station, but apparently she was acting strange and police took her in for questioning.

The woman allegedly admitted to purchasing the baby. Police tracked down the child’s biological parents. The couple allegedly told police they have been struggling to make ends meet and already have children, a 2 year old and a 7 year old.

Apparently, the couple previously attempted to sell the newborn to another woman, but she was unable to legally register the child. Reports say the father was arrested on charges of trafficking and selling a child.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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    Mike

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Remember everyone – don’t “act strange” in China because you’ll be arrested. Even if you haven’t just purchased a human being online.

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    joseph c Schmehl

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    While I don’t agree with selling a child or person. The father and mother looks like they knew they could not afford to take care of the child and did what they could. Find another family to take care of the young child.

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    Khun plastic

    Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    How come you can sell a baby in China yet in Thailand they are abandoned by the road side?
    Btw I think both actions are horrendous things to do.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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