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Chinese Couple Sells Three Kids To Pay For Online Games

DONGGUAN, China ~ (Sanxiang City News/ABC News Radio) ~ According to a southern Chinese newspaper, a couple has sold their three children in order to pay for online gaming.

The couple met in an internet cafe back in 2007 and bonded with their obsession with playing games over the internet. Li Lin and Li Juan were soon married, and one year later the Lis welcomed their first child, a son. Just a few days after he was born, they left him home alone while they traveled 19 miles to play online games at an internet cafe. Then in 2009, Lin and Juan had their second child, a daughter, and hatched the rainstorm to sell the newborn for money, so they could fuel their online gaming obsession. In the sale they received ¥3,000 ($465) which they spent entirely shortly after the sale.

The couple then proceeded to sell their first-bron child and got ten times as much for him; ¥30,000 ($4,655). When they later had their third child, another boy, they also sold him for another ¥30,000. They were eventually reported to authorities when Li Lin's mother found out what her son and his girlfriend had done. The City News also reported that the couple didn't know they were breaking the law, and when asked if they missed their children they said, "we don’t want to raise them, we just want to sell them for some money.”

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