Police have rescued a one-month-old baby after she was auctioned off by her parents.
The child born to mother Ms Sun, from the city of Changzhou City in East China’s Jiangsu Province, was carried out of the hospital by her dad, Mr Zhao, just three days after her birth.
It was shortly after this that the infant was given to a relative who was acting as a middleman in the trafficking syndicate.
The new-born, who was auctioned off by her parents for just over R 90 000 was eventually sold to the highest bidder in provincial capital Nanjing – a married couple without any children.
A police official revealed that authorities were alerted about the girls trafficking after they received reports of advertisements for the child being posted on social media platforms.
“We followed the clues to Nanjing and discovered the child with the couple who bought her,” said the official. To which he added, “They were immediately arrested.”
Five more people, including the child’s birth parents and their middleman relative, have been detained for suspected child trafficking.
The girl’s father revealed the child was sold because they could not afford to raise her.
Despite the tragic events that unfolded, authorities revealed that the child is currently safe with staff at Changzhou Children’s Welfare Institute.
SOURCES: Magazine Features