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Komm October 18th, 2013 4:23pm

Would you find it acceptable if someone sold their 3rd child for an apple iphone and a pair of nice shoes?

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aj1545 Cat Lady
10/18/13 2:02 pm

Is this from something that actually happened? Curious where this question came from.

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MisterE Conservistan
10/18/13 12:40 pm

The person is an idiot. Therefore, they should not be raising children.

icytoes the tepid north
10/18/13 11:34 am

Depends. Is it something like a privately contracted adoption of a not-yet-born child, or are they just a dick who hates their kid?

Komm No. I am your father
10/19/13 5:19 am

They are Chinese and would have been forced to kill the baby once the government found out about it

Happy Hong Kong
10/18/13 10:46 am

Is the kid an a**hole? I can understand why someone might want to trade in their juvenile delinquent for Siri. ;-)

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Liberty 4,032,064
10/18/13 10:35 am

Acceptable? No.
But it shouldn't be prohibited as long as no one is harmed. The child could be going to a better family. It's just adoption without the dog and pony show.

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Liberty 4,032,064
10/18/13 10:43 am

To clarify, it's the specific reason in the question that is unacceptable, not the practice itself.

MrLucchese If curious, ask.
10/18/13 10:02 am

If they couldn't take care of the children, and they were being sold to a family which could take much better care of them. I would agree with Susan in saying never in the US, but in foreign nations where there are far fewer alternatives - possibly.

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susanr Colorado
10/18/13 9:56 am

I wouldn't find it acceptable *here.* But in a country with a strict limit on the number of children you're allowed to have, it might be better than some of the alternatives. If another family really wanted & could take care of the child, why not?

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Arya8
10/18/13 9:57 am

This. But no, never acceptable here, or even in principle. But understandable in situations like ^

susanr Colorado
10/18/13 9:57 am

Here, adoption can take years and can cost many thousands of dollars. If a child is disallowed by the government (makes my teeth hurt to say that) but wanted and loved by another family, is a cheap "price" a bad thing?

I don't know; just wondering.

Arya8
10/18/13 10:03 am

That's true. I think in that situation I would prefer someone just give their child away, without accepting anything in return. When they sell them for a phone or cash, it seems worse.

susanr Colorado
10/18/13 10:47 am

Good point, rheanna, & I agree in principle, at least, especially if I think of it as a "price" for a child. Some things should just be freely given in my opinion - blood & organ donations, for example. A child, even more so.

Komm No. I am your father
10/19/13 5:22 am

You 2 make some great points

Kris Humidity Central
10/18/13 9:47 am

Isn't there a 2 child limit in China (where I'm guessing this is from?) in which case, the child would have been gotten rid of some way...

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susanr Colorado
10/18/13 9:51 am

It used to be one child, although I don't think it applied to the entire country (loosened a bit in rural areas, I think). I don't know if that changed to 2 children, though. I've imagined a whole country without (in a couple generations) not just

TomM
10/18/13 9:53 am

I believe the way it works is that the parents get a fine when they have the second and third child. There are exceptions for minorities and other special cases.

susanr Colorado
10/18/13 9:53 am

siblings, but without aunts, uncles, cousins, neices, nephews... only one adult child to take care of aging parents... It just sounds bleak to me.

TomM
10/18/13 10:50 am

Susan. I believe the law is still there but it doesn't apply in many rural areas and for minorities. I also believe the punishment is relatively low for the middle class and up. It really affects the working poor most.

Rosebud Ohio
10/18/13 11:13 am

Not to mention potential societal collapse from a population anti-boom (can't think of a word for it). Sad, scary, and all around negative.

TomM
10/18/13 11:25 am

The population is still growing in China, simply because people live longer etc. but at some point the population will shrink if nothing is changed. It's still many years out though.

Komm No. I am your father
10/19/13 5:23 am

Yes it's a story from china a dew days ago

cowboy Doors of Perception
10/18/13 9:44 am

Its their kid, not mine. I don't care.

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Axl752 NY
10/18/13 9:43 am

Is it a 5S?

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jvc1133 61535
10/18/13 9:29 am

There have been times when if you came to the door you could have them

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Arya8
10/18/13 9:57 am

I appreciate your honesty.

TomM
10/18/13 9:25 am

I think that's an awful thought. I have heard about the stories from China and I just cannot believe it.

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Komm No. I am your father
10/18/13 9:34 am

Yep this story is from china just the other day

SugarShaq
10/18/13 10:11 am

When a country forces abortion after 1 child, there is no value on life.

sdbrev210 The Pursuit of Happiness
10/19/13 4:21 am

...well, the value of an iPhone, anyway.