No, this isn’t some logline for an upcoming film on video game addiction, but rather a true story. Li Lin and Li Juan from Dongguan, China sold all three of their children to feed their addiction, or the money needed to keep playing games at internet cafes to be more specific. Continue reading for the news report and more information.
In 2009, Li Lin and Li Juan welcomed their second child, a baby girl, and came up with the idea to sell her for money to fund their online game obsession. They did so, receiving RMB 3,000 (less than $500), which they spent entirely shortly after. The couple then proceeded to sell their first child and got 10 times as much for him — RMB 30,000, or about $4600.
Upon having their third child — another boy — the parents followed in their previous footsteps and also got RMB 30,000 for him. They were finally turned into authorities when Li Lin’s mother found out what her son and his girlfriend had done.