Man sells son to pay restaurant bill

Man sells son to pay restaurant bill

Man sells son to pay restaurant bill

Much as we recognise times are hard, this story from The
Straits Times
, Singapore, 1 August 2001 is a mind boggler: "A man in
central China has been charged with selling his one-year-old son to pay an
accumulated restaurant bill, state media said yesterday.

Liu Pengfei and his accomplice Wang Xinping had been charged
with child trafficking by a Henan provincial court, the Procuratorial Daily
said.

Liu, 25, owed 800 yuan ($S175) to Wang, who owned a
restaurant where Liu frequently ate without paying, the newspaper said.

He could not pay the bill and presented his son to Wang,
asking him to find a buyer. A few days later, he sold his son for 8,500 yuan."

Sad, sad, sad.