Couple ‘sell child to buy iPhone’
Desperate parents sell child online and buy iPhone and sports shoes.
A couple in China has been arrested after allegedly putting their child up for auction online and then buying an iPhone and sports shoes with the proceeds, according to the Citizen.

The excuse the couple have used is that they reportedly wanted a better life for their third child whom they could not afford to support, and this gave them the idea of selling the child online.

The iKidney

Apple products have proven so popular in China that in one reported incident a young man even sold a kidney in order to purchase an iPad and iPhone, reported Venturebeat.

The baby-for-Apple exchange has caused a stir on the country’s social media sites, with many users debating just how much an Apple product is worth.

No online babies!

It is illegal to exchange a baby/child for cash or products in SA just as it is in China. Online auctions of children are illegal and an online adoption where parents attempt to exchange a baby for cash is a criminal offence.

Unscrupulous criminals and mischief makers have even targeted couples that are trying to conceive and attempted to get them to engage in online adoptions. Some couples have been asked to forward deposits for “admin” purposes and then never heard from the alleged birth parents again, while others have simply gone through the emotional trauma of hoping to adopt only to be disappointed.

While the adoption process may be a tricky one, it is always advisable to go through official channels when seeking to adopt a child. If procedures are not followed, the adoptive parents may find themselves losing the baby or child to the system should the authorities become involved.

Unfortunately, Apple products are rather pricy for parents already paying for clothes, food and schooling for kids, but the good news is that Apple products may legally be bought online.

If you’re interested in adoption, check out these resources:

The process of adoption in South Africa

When is it safe to arrange a private adoption?

Have you ever considered adoption?

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