We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Babies for sale on eBay site in China

Police investigate

Authorities in Shanghai are investigating the attempted sale of babies on eBay’s auction site in China, the official China Daily newspaper reported on Thursday.

A seller using the name ‘Chuangxinzhe Yongyuan’ claimed the babies were being offered to help infertile couples and would come from China’s Henan province, the report said. Baby boys were priced at 28,000 renminbi (about £1,947) while baby girls were offered for 13,000 renminbi (about £904), the newspaper reported, citing an eBay executive.

In China, where most families are restricted to having just one child because of a long-standing policy aimed at reducing the country’s population, boys are often preferred over girls. One reason for this is that sons traditionally care for their parents while daughters that are married off are expected to help care for their parents-in-law.

The advertisement for the babies was posted on 16 October and was browsed by 50 people, including one visitor who left a note requesting more information from the seller, the China Daily reported. No sale was made before eBay executives removed the posting and alerted the police, it reported.

EBay executives in China could not be reached for comment.

If the advertisement proves to be genuine and the person responsible is caught, the penalties are severe. Abducting a baby can carry a prison sentence of five years, while abduction with the intention of selling a baby can carry the death penalty in some cases, China Daily said.

IDG UK Sites

LG G4 launch live! LG G4 launch live blog - What to expect from the LG G4 launch, LG G4 launch...

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

QuarkXPress 2015 released: the DTP tool gets a speed boost and long-document tools

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......