Police have reportedly detained a Chinese man who attempted to sell his five-month-old baby to pay for his divorce.
Cameras focused on the street in eastern China’s Linyi city caught the man, surnamed Zhang, nervously waiting for his child’s potential buyer to arrive.
When police noticed something wasn’t right, they brought Zhang down to the station for questioning, where he told authorities a person on the internet agreed to pay 80,000 yuan (£9,606) for the infant.
From Daily Mail:
After interrogation, Zhang confessed that he had put his son up for sale online.
A buyer had agreed to pay 70,000 yuan (£8,414) to 80,000 yuan(£9,606) for the boy, and said he would meet the father at the intersection on that day.
Zhang told police that he had wanted to divorce his wife. His wife agreed to the divorce but demanded for a car, so the man planned to sell their baby in order to afford a car.
The man explained that he also hoped to find the child a good home before getting divorced. He said: ‘It is difficult to break up when you have a child.’
Zhang had been detained for human trafficking. Police are investigating into the case further.
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