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Chinese Couple Sells Kids To Fund Online Gaming 223 223

A Chinese couple who really like to game are under arrest for selling their kids and converting the money into game currency. From the article: "In 2009, Li Lin and Li Juan welcomed their second child, a baby girl, and came up with the idea to sell her for money to fund their online game obsession. They did so, receiving RMB 3,000 (less than $500), which they spent entirely shortly after. The couple then proceeded to sell their first child and got 10 times as much for him -- RMB 30,000, or about $4600. Upon having their third child -- another boy -- the parents followed in their previous footsteps and also got RMB 30,000 for him." I wonder what the "kid seller" achievement looks like?
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Chinese Couple Sells Kids To Fund Online Gaming

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  • No link to original source? And original source is supposedly Chinese state-run media??

    Don't believe everything you read on the Internet.

    Here is a link from the English China Daily [chinadaily.com.cn] which is state run [wikipedia.org]. And here's a tabloid branch of the People's Daily [globaltimes.cn] running the story but usually this paper focuses on global issues [wikipedia.org].

  • Re:Industrious (Score:2, Informative)

    by Infiniti2000 (1720222) on Wednesday July 27, 2011 @12:51PM (#36897648)

    .... China, last I checked, limited the number children parents can have to at least one or two children (twins) and encouraged more women than boys.

    ....anyone caught with more than two kids will go to jail ...

    I suggest you start looking things up before commenting. There's indeed a restriction, but (a) it's a fine, not jail time, and (b) as with most Asian countries, the preference is for boys, not girls. The "induce an abortion" comment seems to just be a troll.

  • Re:Good for the kids (Score:4, Informative)

    by DrgnDancer (137700) on Wednesday July 27, 2011 @01:15PM (#36898066) Homepage

    In most developed countries if a child runs away from home and shows signs of abuse or neglect, not only will they not be sent back home immediately, but the family will be investigated: possibly losing all their kids and/or going to jail. A friend of mine laid down to take a nap with her 1 and 3 year olds. She was awakened around 35 minutes later by a knock on the door. It was the police, with her 3 year old. He'd apparently decided that he wasn't sleepy, and wanted to walk to gramma's house. He'd created a stool from some books to reach the front doorknob and had walked about three blocks before a neighbor saw him and called the cops.

    Since the kids was obviously cared for and not abused, the cops brought him home; but child services was by the next day to talk about it and continued to check in for a few months. This was for an obviously well dressed, well fed, kid with no bruises or signs of abuse, who had clearly "escaped" at nap time. You can bet things wouldn't have been nearly as polite if there were any signs of abuse or neglect. Now I thought child services was being ridiculously over cautious, but then again I know my friends and I know they take care of their kids. From an outsider's perspective I suppose they were just being prudent.

  • Re:Good for the kids (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 27, 2011 @01:33PM (#36898400)

    My wife can't have kids. We are in the process of adoption. Going thru the standard channels (that what we do), adoption in china is about 17.000-23.000$ where we live. The relatively big part of that is for the 1 month travel there where you receive some courses on the chinese culture and some endoctrination, the second big part is to put some grease in the channel else your dossier will be stuck, and then all the little costs to do documents translations, organisation costs and so on....

    500$ with all the paper in due form, I take it now !

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