A Couple Sells Baby to pay for Apple iPhone


Jun 16, 2008
One Horse Town, New Jersey
I thought selling an organ for an iPad was bad, this is deplorable!


Chinese couple sold baby to pay for iPhone
Unemployed parents mastermind “sinister conspiracy”, auctioning daughter for £5,000 and using proceeds to buy luxury shoes and iPhone

Unemployed parents in Shanghai auctioned their daughter for £5,000 and used the proceeds to buy luxury shoes and an iPhone Photo: EPA
By Tom Phillips, Shanghai
8:53AM BST 18 Oct 2013

An unemployed couple will stand trial in Shanghai for allegedly selling their baby and using the proceeds to bankroll an online shopping spree, including the purchase of an iPhone.

The couple, named only as Mr Teng and Ms Zhang, began posting online adverts for the child in June this year, Shanghai’s Jiefang Daily newspaper reported on Friday. The adverts suggested they would be willing to part with their unborn baby in exchange for up to 50,000 yuan (£5,070).

After a home birth, designed to cover-up the crime, they handed over the baby girl and received a large cash payment into their bank account on the very same day.

Mr Teng and Ms Zhang reportedly told prosecutors they were acting in their daughter’s best interests, claiming they had hoped to place her with a financially stable family who could provide an education.

“We did not give the baby away for money but in order to give it more security,” they were quoted as saying.

However, prosecutors believe the couple’s bank records clearly show they had in fact hatched a “sinister conspiracy” to profit from the child’s sale.

One credit card bill shows that immediately after “trading” the baby girl, the couple spent large amounts of cash on the internet, it was reported. Among their purchases was an iPhone and a pair of “high-end” trainers.

Prosecutors also allege that the couple attempted to disguise Ms Zhang’s pregnancy in order to hide their crime. In order to explain her bump, neighbours were told she was suffering from a tumour.

Last year seven people were jailed in China’s Hunan province for involvement in the purchase of a kidney from a 17-year-old boy who used the money to buy and iPhone and an iPad.

The teenager “confessed to his mother when suffering from renal failure after the surgery”, the state news agency Xinhua reported.
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Oct 11, 2009
Business is businesss. I heard Rush Limbaugh talk about this on his show today. He said, "I hope they at least held out for an iPhone 5S!"
Oct 24, 2010
Denver, CO
Pretty appalling that they could discard a baby like that. All jokes aside I would of sold my oldest daughter for a lot less when she was about 14 ;) and at least held out for an iPad. We did decide to keep her which is a good thing since she is 21 now and can hit the liquor store for us :laugh2:.


Sep 7, 2010
I'm thinking the entire story is fake as poor people in China do not have credit card bills.

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