Chinese mother with gambling habit sells two children

Daughters aged three and one sold by woman in the Guangxi region, state television reports

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 December, 2016, 11:58am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 December, 2016, 11:58am

A mother from southern China with a gambling habit has been convicted of selling two of her daughters aged one and three, state television reported.

The three-year-old is even shown on mobile phone footage helping her mother do the maths while one deal was struck, CCTV reported.

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The mother from Nanning in the Guangxi region was given a three-year suspended jail sentence and fined, according to the report.

The woman received 13,000 yuan (HK$14,500) for the elder daughter and more than 10,000 yuan for the baby.

The family buying the older girl recorded the transaction in case the mother denied striking the deal.

The woman, a heavy gambler whose full name was not given in the report, was suspected of using the money to bet.

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The two children were later found by the police and returned to their father, the report said.

He had left the children with their mother while he worked away from home.