Parents Allegedly Sold Children to Buy Virtual In-Game Items

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A young unmarried couple in China are accused selling not one, but two of their children to human traffickers. The money they got was used for gaming.

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As reported on Guangdong TV (via Sina Games and Games in Asia), the young parents' first son was unplanned. Instead of supporting the child, they allegedly sold the baby boy to child traffickers in Fujian.

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The mother got pregnant again, and, in an interview, explained that the father "likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes." Because the couple was apparently using their money for the father's gaming, the parents then allegedly sold their second son to traffickers to avoid a financial burden.

As Games in Asia points out, child trafficking is very much a problem in China, where it is illegal. Kids are apparently sold to other parents or street gangs or even to people overseas.

The grandfather of these children eventually reported the couple, who are now awaiting trial, to the police.

94后男子为买游戏装备2次卖儿 其父报警 [Sina Games via Games in Asia]

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shinobijedi
ShinobiJedi

I'm sorry; but you'll never truly be a world power or leader if the majority of your citizens have such a fucked up lack of morals or incredulous lack of value for human or animal life.

I'm not talking about just this instance as if this is widespread. Obviously this couple is a creepy isolated case (hopefully). But combined with reports on Gawker of hit and run victims, including children, being left to die in the street because nobody will help out of fear of being sued or stuck with the financial responsibility of the victim; abandoning female children to die because they're not a boy during the two child policy, the barbaric animal black market and ivory trade are the examples I'm thinking of when I say that.

Please, those that live there or know, correct me if I'm wrong, I want to be wrong on these claims. I'm only going by what I've read on Gawker networks and similar.

But regardless, I can't see how a country can ever truly be a successful world power if and when the prevalent attitude and actions bore from that kind of two dimensional barbaric thinking. Among any significant portion of the countries population. As obviously China has many that are of the morally best of us as well. I don't mean to generalize.

I say this as an admirer of China with the belief that a culture with a rich 2000+ year history; can and should be a little more morally advanced than that among the educated population when it comes to the value of family, human and animal life. And any part of any society that's not, no reason to not start acting that way now.

I guess I just don't understand how fucking anyone could do this.