While answering “no” to the question above may seem like common sense, for a couple in Sanxiang City, China it clearly wasn’t. In 2009, parents Li Lin and Li Juan sold their three children to pay for online games at Internet cafés. Strangely, the parents didn’t know they were breaking any laws. In fact, Lin and Juan said, “We don’t want to raise them, we just want to sell them for some money.” After currency conversions, the baby girl sold for about $500 and their two boys sold for $4600 each.
I’ve heard of selling valuable items like cars to pay for online games, but this just crosses the line. I know it can be hard to raise children, but no one should ever put a price on them, especially the ones they gave birth to. The fact that these children were sold for entertainment purposes makes this act even more disgusting. Whether or not Lin and Juan knew the laws on selling children is irrelevant. What matters more is the immorality of such actions. Let this be a lesson to all other addicted online gamers. For the sake of morality, and your own dignity, never sell your children just to play video games–or, for any other reason really.