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Couple charged with human trafficking in 50,000-yuan sale of infant daughter

A YOUNG couple who sold their newborn daughter for 50,000 yuan (US$8,205) was charged with human trafficking, Yangpu District People's Procuratorate said yesterday.

The unemployed couple, who were both the only child in their families, could legally have two children. However, the wife, surnamed Li, gave birth to a third infant this year after she had two children, one each in 2004 and 2005.

Yangpu police located the couple in June after receiving a report on the couple putting the baby girl up for adoption online.

Li said she placed postings on Baidu Post Bar, a well-known online community in China, saying she couldn't afford the child's living costs as her family was very poor, and she wanted some wealthy people to adopt the child.

When there was someone who showed interest, the couple would provide details via QQ and meet the would-be customers later.

They were satisfied with one customer's background, and handed the child over in exchange for 50,000 yuan, police said. While the fate of the baby was not released, government welfare agencies typically care for such a child if found until an adoption or other legal arrangement can be made.  

The parents claimed the compensation was for the previous care of the baby by the couple.

But prosecutors said they found the couple's asking price varied from 30,000 to 50,000 yuan and that they had used the 50,000 yuan while shopping online for items such as iPhones and expensive shoes.


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