Chinese man sells 4-month-old son

Shanghai, May 27 (IANS) A Chinese man sold his four-month-old son for 35,000 yuan (US$5,125) and spent the money on a motorbike, computer and eating out.

Zhang Jun, 25, a resident of Anhui province, spent the cash in two months on dining, entertainment and travelling. He also bought himself a motorbike and computer, Shanghai Daily reported Thursday.

Zhang has been sentenced to prison for three years.

Zhang, who came to Shanghai in May 2008 and worked as a hotel guard, fell in love with a colleague named Liu and the couple had a baby boy a year later without having registered for marriage. They soon found it hard to afford baby care, and so Zhang sold the baby to a buyer in China’s Shandong province, police said.

Zhang’s father called the police when he found out that his son had sold the infant.

He was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 3,000 yuan by the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court Wednesday.

Police, meanwhile, have recovered the baby.