It was recently reported that a man in Linyi City, China, was facing criminal charges for trafficking his own child. The man told arresting officers that he was selling his son to raise money to purchase his soon-to-be ex-wife a new car. The car was part of a divorce settlement.
According to qilu.com, on January 13, a man named Zhang was seen on a video surveillance camera nervously pacing back and forth while holding his 5-month-old child in his arms. Zhang reportedly wanted to divorce his wife, citing ongoing arguments and disputes.
He claimed that the baby was complicating the divorce proceedings, and that he didn’t want the child to grow up a broken home. To secure a good home for his son — so that he wouldn’t have to worry about him anymore — and to help raise the funds that he needed to buy his wife a new car, he came up with the idea of selling his child online.
According to reports, Zhang placed an on-line ad offering his son for sale for 110,000 yuan (US$16,000). After a buyer complained that the asking price was too high, Zhang agreed to lower the price to 75,000 yuan (US$11,000).
On the day of the transaction, Zhang ventured out in the freezing cold, carrying his thinly-clothed child in his arms. About 15 minutes later, the boy’s lips had turned purple and he began to cry loudly.
Several patrolling police officers noticed the father’s suspicious behavior and approached him. He soon confessed to selling his son online and that he was waiting for the buyer. He was taken in custody and charged with child trafficking. His case has been transferred to prosecutors for further investigation.
Translated by Chua, B.C.