Someone once suggested parents should take a test before being allowed to have children. While the idea may seem farfetched, it certainly seems necessary.
A man in the Chinese province of Zhejiang was arrested for selling his two-year-old son. He apparently used the money to take his new wife on a holiday. Talk about bad parenting.
The man, surnamed Xie, sold his son Jiejie to a childless couple in Changshu, Jiangsu for 158,000 yuan (about RM100,600). Then man then went travelling with his new wife from Jiangsu to the Guizhou province. Xie took videos and photos of his newly gained money to show off to his friends. According to local Chinese media, Xie supposedly sold his child to relieve the burden of childcare.
Jiejie was from his previous marriage. Xie apparently divorced the boy’s mother and took custody of Jiejie while she kept their daughter. As Xie was away working in another city, he left his son with his relatives in Huzhou city. However, last month, Xie told his relatives that he was taking the boy to visit his mother. Xie’s brother, Lin, filed a police report on 17th April after discovering Jiejie never arrived at his mother’s location. Lin had tried to reach his brother but got no answer.
The police arrested Xie on 24th April and he confessed to selling his son. Jiejie was returned to his family on 25th April by the authorities. The couple in Jiangsu are currently facing “criminal coercive measures”.
It was reported that this was not the first time Xie gave away his children. He gave up two other daughters, claiming poverty as the reason. It is not known if the police are investigating that case.