A mother in China has apparently sold her child to satisfy her desire for shopping.
The woman, known by her surname Yu, is said to have sold her 19-month-old daughter for 50,000 yuan (£5,800) before jumping on a buying spree for cosmetics on the same day.
Ms Yu, described by Chinese media to be ‘young’, has been arrested along with the two ‘buyers’ on suspicion of selling and trafficking a child.
Ms Yu is arrested for selling her 19-month-old daughter to human traffickers in central China
Apparently, Ms Yu initially claimed that her daughter had gone missing at a train station. She reported the supposed missing-person case to the police 20 hours later.
Upon investigation, police found out that Ms Yu received 50,000 yuan (£5,800) in her bank account the day when her daughter went ‘missing’.
Officers believed the money had been sent by suspected human traffickers
According to People’s Daily Online, Ms Yu travelled with her toddler daughter, Huahua, to Zhengzhou of Henen Province, on the morning of May 20.
She then sold Huahua to two suspected human traffickers, known by their surname Wei and Li respectively, at Zhengzhou railway station before noon.
Police arrested two people on suspicion of trafficking a toddler girl on May 21
After receiving Ms Yu’s report, Zhengzhou police sent out a team of officers to search around the train station.
They also reviewed security camera footage from the past 24 hours.
As they looked through Ms Yu’s transaction history, the officers found a large sum of money that was sent to her bank account around midday, May 20.
Another transaction record suggested that Ms Yu went shopping and spent a whopping 6,000 yuan (£700) on cosmetics and other goods in the afternoon.
Ms Yu sold her daughter for £5,800 and filed a false missing person report to the police
The young mother later admitted to the police that she had filed a false police report to avoid her family’s suspicion of her selling the child.
According to People’s Daily Online, Zhengzhou police suggested Ms Yu contact Ms Wei and Mr Li to get her daughter Huahua back.
The pair of suspects told Ms Yu they wanted an extra 10,000 yuan (£1,200) on top of the original 50,000 yuan (£5,800) before agreeing to meet up.
When the two parties met, police officers barged in rescued Huahua.
They arrested and detained Ms Wei and Mr Li on suspicion of trafficking a child.
Ms Yu was also arrested under article 240 of criminal law in China for intending to sell her daughter to human traffickers.
Zhengzhou police called her husband to pick up the girl while Ms Yu was kept in detention.
‘Be good in the cell, I will bring our child to pick you up when you are released from jail,’ Ms Yu’s husband told her.