Man desperate for a son sells his newborn daughter for just $570 as his first child was also a girl
Xiaohui was arrested after his mother told cops about the sale, and trafficking and selling women or children is punishable under Chinese law
A man in China has been detained in the eastern part of the country for selling his newborn daughter for just 4,000 yuan ($570). It was claimed that the man was desperate to have a son as his second child, and was disappointed when it turned out to be girl too.
The Yiwu Police in the Zhejiang province said that he sold his baby to a couple from another province for 4,000 yuan ($570) in late September.
The police were able to apprehend the man, Xiaohui, after his mother, Li, told authorities that she was going to stay at his house to help him take care of the infant just like how she had done with her first granddaughter, the Daily Mail reported.
The police statement said that the grandmother was in for a surprise when her son said that he didn't need her help.
Li said: "I only saw my granddaughter a couple of times when she was born. I never saw her after that - my son wouldn't even let me in the house." She added that the only thing she was able to do was leave homemade food at the doorstep of her son's house. Then, in early October this year, Li was able to finally visit her daughter-in-law when her son was not at home and was shocked to see that the baby was nowhere to be found.
The frantic grandmother immediately spoke to her son about her grandchild's whereabouts but he did not answer her. Concern turned to fury and Li made the decision to report her son to the police after she suspected that he may have sold her.
After Xiaohui was interrogated by the Yiwu Police, he finally caved and said that he sold his daughter to a couple who lived in Enshi city in the Hubei province which was more than 1,200 kilometers or 745 miles away. The father said that he sold the baby because he had wanted a son instead of a daughter. Xiaohui was unemployed and he said that he felt like he was under financial pressure because he already had a daughter.
The Yiwu city police were able to finally track down the couple in Enshi and rescue the baby girl on October 15. Officer Zhu Xiaojing said in the statement: "We were worried that the buyers could be involved in a child trafficking scheme." The married couple who bought the baby, Zhang and Xu, are reported to have been desperate for a baby after they tried and failed for more than 10 years.
The authorities added that the couple confessed to buying the infant online and were cooperating with them in the investigations. Both the couple and the father were detained by the police. The infant was taken back to Yiwu where she is currently under the care of her mother and grandmother.
Trafficking and selling women or children is punishable under Chinese law by 5 to 10 years in prison. Life sentences and death penalties are rare but they can also be issued in some cases.