I’m the first to admit these days that as my daughter struggles with her terrible toddlerness, the idea of setting her on the curb with a FOR SALE sign around her neck is mildly appealing. But then she does something sweet or cute and all is forgiven.
I wouldn’t really sell my kid, of course. Not because it’s not legal. But because she’s my kid.
A couple in the Guangdong province of China sold their kids to make money so they could continue to feed their video game obsession. According to police, they didn’t know it was illegal.
Did it really matter if it was or wasn’t?
Li Lin and Li Juane met at an Internet café. When they realized they needed money to fund their addiction, they sold their baby boy for $4,600. Then they sold their daughter for $500, and then another child for $4,600. (Clearly the third child was a boy.) Online gaming is apparently a widespread problem in China, with centers all over to the country to treat the addiction.
Authorities arrested the couple after Li Lin’s mother caught on to what was happening. The parents of the year said they had no intention of raising their kids but had them upon realizing they’d make for a good income source.
It’s not clear where the children are today.
Aaaaaand this would mark the official start of when I stop joking around about selling my daughter.
Is this woman a bad parent? “I turned my toddler into a videogame addict.”