Chinese Baby Up For Auction Online

Posted on October 29, 2009

If we’re honest, this was bound to happen eventually. Last year, an Australian man put his entire life up on sale on eBay, and even found a buyer willing to pay $7,500 for the guy’s house, car, friends – everything he had except his wallet and passport.

Now, trust the Chinese to go one better. An uncle in the city of Zhangsu in Jiangxi Province placed this ad on the online store aggregator Taobao.com last week.

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It seems innocent enough until you realise the lot up for auction is the baby. That’s right, and bidding starts at just ¥1, with shipping included.

The man, identified in the advert as Mr Hu, explains he was prepared to send his niece into the unknown “because we want a boy, therefore decided to give (her) away to family of fate”.

And he doesn’t stop there, the advert comes with a whole spec like a second hand car. We’re told the baby’s father has good health and a college education, and that the baby’s mother has fair skin and big eyes. The “kid’s also got the big eyes,” the ad continues, “very cute, hope everyone will think for the child”. Sincere buyers could meet the girl in person, it concluded.

After the issue exploded onto the Chinese webverse, Taobao located the page, removed it and shut down the man’s account.

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Mr Hu, of course, was unrepentant. He told Chinese media that the family was extremely poor, and that they had always wanted a boy and his brother-in-law was the only son in the family. Before now, the 25-year-old said – without a shred of irony, we must assume – that he only used Taobao to sell household items he didn’t want anymore, like DVDs and alarm clocks.

“I am not a human trafficker, it is adoption, and we do not require any money or material things in return,” he pleaded.

Needless to say, even Chinese legislation is not that blind. Indeed, there are very strict rules governing adoption that state among other conditions that a child to be put up for adoption must first be an orphan.

The rules further dictate that anybody who is not the legal guardian of such an orphan or a representative of a state social welfare agency faces being classified as a human trafficker and being hit with serious criminal charges.

Of course, the advert did not go unanswered. Before the page was pulled a doctor from Anhui province contacted Mr Hu showing interest in adopting the girl. However the girl’s mother was reluctant (can anyone blamer her?) and matters did not go any further.

You’re left wondering if there is anything sacred anymore that hasn’t already been placed at the mercy of the highest online bidder – at least until brain transplants become medically possible, that is.

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15 comments
lol
lol

Hey! my mom did that to me too! XD

ehehehe
ehehehe

haha? no, child abuse to level 100

Neil
Neil

asians..... ( i my self is 1 but this is just FUCKED UP )

Jan
Jan

I want to give this guy a hard bitchslap. That would be extra painful for him I suppose, since I'm a girl and all. This poor child could have been placed into the hands of a pedophile/murderer! Of course, this uncle probably isn't much better.

anonymous
anonymous

wait until she grows up and hears about this episode in her life

Casey
Casey

With this guys sociopath-like attitude I'm suprised he didn't realize that renting her out to strangers would pay off more over time... And I thought Asians were good at math!

Simus
Simus

China never left Dark Age, popopopo

Crystal
Crystal

What a tragedy. No one knows how many girls are thrown away in China everyday, just because they are girls.

popopopo
popopopo

i feel sorry for the girl...after this she's gonna suffer less care than she deserves from her family ;( are we going back to last century when it really matters if you have a daughter or son?

Jess
Jess

Bob, that comment was made of win. But really, that's pretty bad.

Bob Saget
Bob Saget

What an unbelievable... price! Wish I would have seen it before it was taken down, I could use more asian slaves.

passer
passer

stop being a fking bastard you numbskull.