February 18, 2019
A Chinese couple from southeastern Fujian province sold their three-year-old son for 120,000 yuan (approximately $17,750) and split the money.
Police didn’t reveal the identities of the people involved. The child had been raised by his paternal grandparents since he was eight months old though his parents would visit him regularly.
On one of their visits, they took him with them, and the grandparents never saw him again. The grandfather revealed that they usually brought him back at night, but that didn’t happen on that day.
He set clear that the boy’s parents told him that they had the right to decide what to do with him. A while later, the child’s father was arrested for drug offenses and, during a visit, he told his father that he and his ex-partner had sold the boy.
The old man told the police, and the investigation began. The criminal revealed that he and the child’s mother sold him for 120,000 yuan on January 17 and took 60,000 yuan each.
Police tracked the boy and the “adoptive” family and, thankfully, they found them. A DNA test proved that the child was indeed the grandson of the old man, who is now the legal custodian of the boy.
"How can they be so cruel?" the man asked, referring to his son and daughter-in-law. “My wife and I can support him if they cannot afford to raise him. How could they sell him?"
At the moment, the child’s parents are facing criminal liability, and the couple who accepted buying him is also under police’s custody. As South China Morning Post reported, China has one of the world’s worst records for child trafficking.
Even though it is difficult to get an official number, the Ministry of Public Security said that 538 children went missing last year. Those who traffic women and children and are caught usually face from five to ten years behind bars. Depending on the circumstances, they could even face death sentences.
Unfortunately, the boy’s parents are not the only irresponsible people who had children. A woman in Seville, Spain, was detained by the local police after allegedly leaving her children under ten years of age sleeping in a vehicle so she could go to a nearby drinking place.
Officers were alerted that two boys were walking alone on the streets at around 06:30 am. When police interviewed them, they admitted having slept in a car and gotten out to look for their mother when they woke up.
The woman in her 30s appeared at around eight in the morning accompanied by a man of the same age who exceeded four times the maximum allowed rate of alcohol.
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