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article imageParents sell children to fund video-gaming habit

By Sylvannia Soulet     Jul 14, 2014 in Crime
A couple in China allegedly sell their two young sons into human trafficking and use the money to purchase in-game virtual items for online gaming services.
There are countless couples around the world who dream of one day starting a family, and are unable to do as such due to reproductive complications or the bureaucracy of the adoption process. By the same token, there are abhorrent people among us that have no business reproducing, and who treat that which they should love unconditionally no better than a stray animal, or worse yet, a commodity by which to reach other means.
Enter Hui and Mei. The common-law couple from China have recently been apprehended by authorities under the suspicion of handing over their children to human traffickers.
Games in Asia reports that when Mei became pregnant with their first son, Hui had no desire to raise him, so the couple sold him to traffickers from the Fujian province. When Mei succumbed to her second unplanned pregnancy, they simply resorted to traffickers again as a quick fix.
“[Hui] likes buying items in online games, and he likes staying out all night at internet cafes,” Mei explained. Since most of their money was already being spent on maintaining Hui’s addiction on free-to-play games, Hui and Mei decided that the only logical solution was to use the money obtained from the sale of their children to continue their current lifestyle.
The whereabouts of Hui and Mei’s two sons remain unkown.
The couple were only arrested after the grandfather had gotten wise to his son’s shady practices and reported him to the police. Hui and Mei are currently behind bars awaiting trial.
Outrage is quickly spreading on the Internet; Youtube user and father AlphaOmegaSin is both angry and frustrated at the plight of the two boys, who could have been sold into anything from street peddling to prostitution.
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