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Teen Parents Arrested For Selling Baby Online

| by Zara Zhi
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A young couple reportedly sold their newborn baby for $3,500 and spent the cash on a new iPhone and a motorbike.

The illegal exchange took place in China, where a 19-year-old man identified as A Duan allegedly sold his 18-day-old baby girl via the app QQ, The Telegraph reports.

The baby's mother fled but was eventually tracked down by police.

She was handed a two-and-a-half-year suspended prison sentence, and the baby's father was sentenced to three years in jail, according to the Epoch Times.

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“I myself was adopted, and many people in my hometown send their kids to other people to raise them,” the baby's mother said. "I really didn’t know that it was illegal."

The teen parents from Fujian, China, reportedly went through an unwanted pregnancy and found the baby to be a financial burden.  

The unidentified buyer allegedly bought the child for his sister and turned himself into authorities after purchasing her.

The baby girl remains in the custody of the buyer's sister while police determine the best course of action.

Black-market adoptions and child trafficking have become major concerns in China due to the government's limiting the number of children couples can have.

On Feb. 19, 2014, Chinese police rescued 382 babies and arrested 1,094 people suspected of buying and selling babies online, CNN reported.

Sources: The Telegraph, Epoch TimesCNN / Photo credit: Jakob Montrasio/Flickr

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