Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

July 26, 2011 -

According to Southern Chinese news agency Sanxiang City News a couple sold off their three children to fund their obsession with playing online games at Internet Cafes. The couple met in 2007 and quickly bonded because of their hobby. A year later their gaming was already getting in the way of being parents. In that year the couple had their first child - a son. Days later they left the young child home alone while they went to play online games at an Internet cafe 30 km away.

A year later the bad parenting escalated to unimaginable levels. In 2009 the 21-year-old couple had a baby girl. It was at that point they came up the idea to sell her for $500 USD. When that worked for them the couple sold their first child for $4,600 USD. Finally the couple has a third child, which they sold for another $4600 USD. Keep in mind that the couple did all this to fund their Internet cafe activities.

Inevitably it was a family member who finally figured out what was going on and reported the couple - Li Lin and Li Juan - to authorities.

When asked if they missed the children they had sold, the parents said: "We don’t want to raise them, we just want to sell them for some money” and claimed that they did not know what they were doing was wrong.

Source: ABCNewsRadio


Comments

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

I don't know why but this cases are always reported in some Asian countries, like be it China, Korea or Taiwan.

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

Capitalism at its peak.

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

And this country is beating America.

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

Are the kids still alive? Who did they sell them too?

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

"and claimed that they did not know what they were doing was wrong." Games. A symptom, not a cause.

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

Hey, free market at work there. They found a product they could product that people are willing to pay for, good for them.

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

Well, this is what happens when you roll back regulations and government intrusion into parent's rights.   This is the past many people want to return the US to.....

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

Actually, this is what happens when you have an authoritarian government that regulates everything so badly some are actually better off buying kids. That's certainly not a situation that would just happen on its own without some kind of outside force making it so.

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

Actually, this is what happens when you have an authoritarian government that regulates everything so badly some are actually better off buying kids. That's certainly not a situation that would just happen on its own without some kind of outside force making it so.

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

Uh, what? Dude, I think we can all agree that outright selling of human beings should be outlawed. You don't need to drag government intrusion into the home into this mess. It's fucked up enough as it is.

Re: Chinese Parents Sell Children for Internet Games

China really does make everything now.

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