Parents sell daughter for iPhone in China
18 October 2013, 11:24
Shanghai - A young Chinese couple are facing criminal punishment for
"selling" their daughter and using part of the proceeds to buy an
Apple iPhone, state media said on Friday.
Shanghai prosecutors have brought a case against the couple for human
trafficking after they illegally put their third child up for adoption through
online postings and accepted money for the baby, the Liberation Daily reported.
Investigators found the mother, whose full name was not given, used the
money to buy an iPhone, high-end sports shoes and other products, also online,
Apple's products are wildly popular in China, where a teenager sold his
kidney and used the funds to buy an iPhone and iPad in an incident widely
reported last year.
But the couple told police that they wanted the girl to have a better
upbringing than they could afford, since they already had two children.
"Giving away the child was not for obtaining benefits, but giving the
child better guarantees," one said.
Shanghai police and prosecutors could not be immediately reached for
Shanghai media reports did not give the amount the couple received, but
their online postings referred to 30 000 yuan and 50 000 yuan (R48 338 and R80 563).
Apple last month launched the iPhone 5s, including a gold-coloured model,
and the more budget-conscious iPhone 5c in China.