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Chinese Man Who Sold Baby Daughter To Buy An iPhone Gets Three-Year Jail Term

08/03/2016 17:50 GMT | Updated 08/03/2016 17:59 GMT

A man who sold his 18-day-old baby daughter on social media so that he could buy an iPhone has been given a jail term of three years.

'A Duan,' (not his real name) found a buyer online who was willing to buy the child for£2,500 (23,000 Yuan), according to the People's Daily Online.

Both parents were 19-years-old when they went through with the unplanned pregnancy.

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Man sold daughter to buy an iPhone

The child's mother, who goes by the pseudonym ‘Xiao Mei,' reportedly worked several part-time jobs when the couple decided to sell their baby daughter.

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She reportedly told police: ‘I myself was adopted, and many people in my hometown send their kids to other people to raise them. I really didn’t know that it was illegal.’

The buyer turned himself in after paying for the baby girl who was later passed on to his sister.

Meanwhile, Mei has been given a suspended sentence of two-and-a-half years, while Duan has been handed three years in jail, the Epoch Times reports.