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Posted: March 10, 2016

Report: Man arrested after he sold his infant daughter for an iPhone

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By Zach Dennis

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

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A man in China was arrested and sentenced to three years in jail after authorities said he used social media to sell his 18-month-old daughter to someone in exchange for money to buy an iPhone.

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The man, known as A Duan, found the buyer online who paid 23,000 Yuan (about $3,535) for the baby, The Independent reports. According to authorities, Duan wanted to use the money to purchase a new iPhone and motorbike.

“I myself was adopted, and many people in my hometown send their kids to other people to raise them,” Xiao Mei, the baby's mother, said, according to reports. “I really didn’t know that it was illegal.”

According to The Epoch Times, the buyer turned himself into authorities after the parents were arrested.

Read more at The Independent and The Epoch Times.

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