Monday, February 28, 2011

Dad gets 5 years for selling 2-year-old son (Minqing, China)

The dad who sold his son for $760 (US) is identified only as LIU.

Young father gets 5 years for selling his 2yo son in Minqing, Fujian
Updated: 01 Mar 2011

A young father was recently sentenced to five years and eight months in prison and fined 5,000 yuan ($760) by a court in Minqing county, Fujian province, for selling his little son.

The man, surnamed Liu, 23, did not have a stable income. Early in 2010, Liu met a netizen, surnamed Xing, from Shandong province, via QQ (an instant message service in China) and knew Xing's family was eager to adopt a little boy.

At the time Liu was short of money and his girlfriend had gone back to her parents' home after a quarrel, leaving Liu and his old grandmother to take care of the son. Liu then had the idea of selling the then 2-year-old boy to Xing.

Liu secretly took his son to Nanjing, Jiangsu province, to make the deal with Xing, but lost his cell phone and could not contact Xing. Liu succeeded on his second visit, earning 45,000 yuan from the deal.

On Sept 21, 2010, Liu was taken into custody as a suspect in other crimes. He then fully realized what he had done and told his father he had sold his son. He was soon charged with child trafficking.