Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Also In The News... The Case Of The Twice-Sold Baby.

It’s been a while since I posted something from the headlines. However, I recently came across a story that filled me with an overwhelming feeling of “WTF?” and I thought I’d share it with you all. If you had any faith left in humanity be prepared to lose it.

Our tale - which I read here - comes from China, where a couple in the Guangdong Province has been arrested for selling their young son... TWICE!

In jail are 20-year-old sperm donor, A-hui and his girlfriend the 19-year-old “mother”, A-mei.
After these parents-of-the-year contenders got off the hook in January for selling their 4-day-old son, they turned right around and did it again last month.

Their excuse the first time was that they were neither married nor ready for the responsibilities of parenthood. They decided to sell the child to a trafficker for 20,000 Chinese Yuan (about US$3,225). This would have been the end of the matter, as far as they were concerned, were it not for the child’s grandfather, on the father’s side. When he found out what they had done, he found the trafficker and bought the child back, having to pay the marked-up price of 30,000 Yuan (US$4,836).

Unfortunately, grandpa made the questionable decision of returning the boy to the custody of his parents and they all kept the incident between themselves.

Still, it seemed like things were going okay for a while after that incident. In May, A-hui and A-mei moved to another city, A-hui got a job in a restaurant while A-mei stayed home and took care of baby. A-hui’s income was modest, to say the least (he only brought in 3,000 Yuan (US$484) a month from his job) but they appeared to be managing.

Until daddy’s little obsession reared its ugly head.

Before I go any further let me confess, I play video games. I LOVE video games. I’d dedicate at least one-third of my waking hours playing video games if I could (the other two-thirds would be evenly distributed between watching Japanese anime and blogging, FYI). That being said, I've also spent money on, as well as, in video games. Still, I know where to draw the line. There are some, however, who do not. Once upon a time when I wrote on Sprocket, I shared a story about a promising young Japanese police officer who tried (and failed) to blackmail a woman to fund his gaming addiction. A-hui takes things a step further, though.

Instead of feeding his new family, A-hui spent his modest paycheck in internet cafes where he played online games well into the night, as he used up the family’s only source of income to level up his in-game weapons and armor. Then, in June, when it became clear his salary alone wasn't going to cut it, the couple made the decision to get in touch with the traffickers they sold the child to before so they could put him up for sale the second time.

Yeah...

This time around they only got 16,000 Yuan (US$2,580) for their son. Whether this was because the traffickers knew they were desperate or because they factored in the diminishing value on return babies is unknown.

Sorry.

Again, grandpa found out. This time, however, he was fed up and decided to put the matter into the hands of the police. Both “parents” were arrested and now police are trying to track the baby down.

During her incarceration, A-mei said her baby daddy blatantly declared to her that he did not care what happened to the child. Even when she went so far as to threaten to beat the child up, he remained totally unconcerned and said she could do whatever she wanted.

Yeah, isn't he a piece of... work!

My only hope is that the police are able to find the child and, at the end of all this, he ends up in a good home with parents who place much value on him that the cost of virtual gaming gear. Well... that and for someone to sell A-hui on the black market.

They probably won't get much, though.

16 comments:

  1. Just goes to show the heartless come from all nations...

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    1. Yup. The dad alone proves that douche-baggery is not restricted by borders.

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  2. I know that any human being would find this story disgusting. But as an infertile woman who had to spend thousands of dollars and fight my way through surgeries and IVF to have my children, it truly makes me wonder about the fairness of life.

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    1. I can totally understand your point-of-view since the wife & I have been going through our own set of difficulties in trying to become parents.

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  3. Ugh. Grandpa would have better keeping the kid, or dialing a number at random in the phone book. I guess not everyone gets the maternal instinct. Or common sense.

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    1. It confuses me why he gave them the child back in the first place. Was he all like, "Okay, accidents like these do happen in parenting (I, myself, have lost count of how many times we dropped A-hui on his head). But I think we've all learned a valuable lesson here. Right kids?"

      No, really... I don't get it.

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  4. It seems silly to me for A-mei to presume that A-hui would care about their baby after trying to sell it once. Addictions come in many frightening forms. But it gives me an idea, I'll be selling hits of Tetris on the street corner if anyone needs their fix.

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    1. Ooh, Tetris! I love Tetris! And I have n't played it in forever. So... How much are we talking about here for a hit?

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  5. Well, it's from China, so whaddya expect.
    No, I have no idea what that means, either.

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    1. Let's just be happy this whole affair didn't take place over in Japan. I'm 83% certain, had that been the case, some sort of robot & maybe a guy in a schoolgirl's uniform would be involved somehow.

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    1. Yup. That pretty much sums them up.

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  7. Really so very sad. That poor child. I really hope it finds a loving family

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    1. Me too. The poor little guy deserves at least that much after all this.

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  8. Have they ever found the baby yet? I hope these parents get put away and somehow mandated to never conceive children again. With parents like those, the baby may actually have better chances of survival being sold in the black market! :(

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    1. I wasn't able to find out whether or not they got the child back this time. On a side note, don't Google "Chinese child sold on black market". Trust me if you have any faith left in humanity.

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