Almost two months ago, we reported about a man who sold his kidney to pay for an iPad. You think that was bad? Yeah, it totally was. But sadly, here's another story that's even worse.
A young couple in China, Li Lin and Li Juan, sold their three children in order to afford to play videogames.
According to ABC News Radio, Li Lin met Li Juan at an Internet café in 2007, where these crazy kids (REALLY crazy) bonded over their similarities; these include a love of online games and a lack of human compassion and knowledge of birth control.
"A year later, the parents—who are both under 21—welcomed their first child, a son. Days after his birth, they left him home alone while they went to play online games at an Internet cafe 30 km away."
"In 2009, Li Lin and Li Juan welcomed their second child, a baby girl, and came up with the idea to sell her for money to fund their online game obsession. They did so, receiving RMB 3,000 (less than $500), which they spent entirely shortly after. The couple then proceeded to sell their first child and got 10 times as much for him—RMB 30,000, or about $4600.
"Upon having their third child—another boy—the parents followed in their previous footsteps and also got RMB 30,000 for him."
(Notes on the original reporting: We wouldn't say they "welcomed" their second child. Also, didya notice that the parents earned 10 times more for the boys than the girl?)
Eventually, Li Lin's mother noticed a complete lack of grandchildren and turned them in.
ABC News Radio does not mention the name of the videogame that the Lis were obsessed over. Whatever it is, it's probably awesome. But lucky for us, only two people in the world consider it baby-selling awesome.