A 42-year-old man from Guizhou has been detained on suspicion of “trafficking women and children” after he sold his infant twin daughters to two families for 100,000 yuan.
According to Qianjiang Evening News, the man, surnamed Ma, had already had a son with his wife. After learning that she was pregnant again with twins in February of last year, Ma suggested sending the babies away after they were born. As Ma was the only breadwinner for the family, he feared being unable to afford and having more children and being fined for violating the one-child policy.
Last August, the Ma’s landlord recommended an intermediary, a middle-aged woman called Ying, whose nephew hadn’t had any baby despite being married for five years. Ying promised him that they would treat the baby well and pay him for his trouble.
On September 11, Ma’s wife gave birth to a pair of twin girls. Ying’s family agreed to pay 50,000 yuan to Ma for one baby girl. Shortly afterwards, a friend of the family also intended to buy the other one. Ma signed an adoption contract with these two families in January when the babies were only three months old.
After giving away their children, Ma’s wife couldn’t sleep at night. They decided to find Ying and ask for the return of the babies. After already spending two months with the twins, the families were reluctant to give them back. A dispute broke out and Ma was detained by authorities, while his wife and Ying were released on bail.
By Lucy Liu