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#Just in: Father ‘sells his newborn son for £18K to a stranger online after losing his job due to COVID-19 pandemic’ in China
A man in China has allegedly sold his newborn son for £18,000 to a stranger he met online after losing his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.
The migrant worker father, who already had two sons, is said to have faced ‘immense’ financial pressure because of the job loss.
He allegedly persuaded his pregnant wife to agree to the illegal deal before trading his 40-day-old baby to a woman who was described to be desperate for a child.
A video released by Chinese news site Anhui Net shows the accused baby buyer, Ms Xu, being questioned by police officers in Hefei, eastern China, after acting suspiciously on a train
The case was revealed on Monday by Chinese news site Anhui Net, which cited the local railway police.
According to the report, the unlawful transaction came to light after the accused buyer, known by her surname Xu, caught the police’s attention when she was riding a train with the baby on October 30.