Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

5/31/2013 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Chinese one-child policy and poverty compels many parents to sell their children.

A blind Chinese woman has sold four of her children, to pay for two others. This is necessary she said because her husband cannot hold a job.

Du Xiurong with her grandchild, for whom she also says she will sell everything to ensure he has a good education.

Du Xiurong with her grandchild, for whom she also says she will sell everything to ensure he has a good education.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/31/2013 (3 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: China, one child, human trafficking, sell, children


BEJING, CHINA (Catholic Online) - According to her own admission, Du Xiurong, a Chinese woman from Shibei villiage in Sichuan province, has sold four of her children to pay for her eldest two.

Xiurong has had six children but between 2005 and 2012, she sold three girls and a boy to pay for the feeding and education of the her eldest son and daughter.

Xiurong is blind and cannot work, and her husband has trouble holding jobs. She was married off to her husband as he was the first man that wanted her, she says. She also says that her children mean a lot to her, and that she did not actually sell her children, but only charged "pregnancy fees."

For her four children, she has been paid about $1,500.

"I have no other choice. If I were not blind I wouldn't have to do this," she told a reporter. "I am not selling them out, but giving them away. I only charge a bit for pregnancy fees. I love babies, if I were capable, I definitely would bring them up. But I can't really support them. I then find good families to adopt them."

She added, "I gave out babies to families which can't give birth. They want babies and I helped them. Rich people give out money for a daughter's wedding. Middle-class people earn money for a daughter's marriage, and poor people sell sons and daughters."

Xiurong was arrested and detained in January for selling her children but was released because of her disability. She said she was blinded in an accident when she was five.

China also has a one-child policy, so Xiurong has been compelled to hide her pregnancies to prevent arrests.

Speaking about her husband, "As a normal person, he can't earn any money. On the contrary, I, a blinded person, had to support the whole family."

How people, particularly children are treated in China is a profound issue. China performs forced abortions on children and steeply fines parents who have more than one child. This compels people to live in fear, and to take drastic measures if they're poor, which can include infanticide and selling children. Despite Xiurong's claims, many children end up in the hands of human traffickers.

Recently, another baby in China made headlines after its mother flushed him down a toilet. She claimed the event was accidental. That child was retrieved by its grandparents from authorities and no charges have been filed against the mother.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for May 2016
Universal:
Respect for Women: That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed.
Evangelization: Holy Rosary: That families, communities, and groups may pray the Holy Rosary for evangelization and peace.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

The two shamefully apparent reasons modern slavery thrives Watch

Image of Nearly 46-million people are victims of modern slavery (Background to the draft Modern Slavery Bill).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Since the abolishment of slavery, the United States has made continued, if shaky, progress over the years - but there remain nearly 46 million modern-day slaves across the globe. The bottom line is simple: slave labor and exploitation yields higher profits for slave ... continue reading


Is all social media fake? Revealed: China owns 448,000,000 FAKE social media profiles, but why? Watch

Image of How many social network accounts are fake?

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The next time you encounter an internet troll, be warned, he could be getting paid to fan the flames, or to douse your conversation. A new study our of Harvard reveals that China is using an army of 448 million fake troll accounts to influence public opinion. And China ... continue reading


Mafia-related demonic possessions cause children to froth at mouth and convulse Watch

Image of Over 80 school children in Peru are believed to be victims of demon possession (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A "mass demonic possession" has erupted at Peruvian school Elsa Perea Flores, leaving over 80 students convulsing, frothing at the mouth, fainting, and displaying erratic behavior. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The children, most of whom are between 11 and ... continue reading


Obama to Hiroshima: Will he really be welcome? Watch

Image of US President Barack Obama will be the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima (aljazeera).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

U.S. President Barack Obama is set to become the first sitting president to visit Hiroshima following the atomic attack August 6, 1945. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Critics worried Obama's trip was to apologize for the devastation, but according to The New York ... continue reading


Child raped by father then lashed as punishment Watch

Image of India continues to modernize itself but the shift is too slow for many (Wikipedia).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

India is famous for it's diverse culture, vibrant clothing, incredible festivals, elephant gods, elaborate gold jewelry, the Taj Mahal and spicy food. It is an amazing place for tourists to visit - but what about the natives? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - India ... continue reading


WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO - Terrorists behead Canadian hostage, release FULL VIDEO Watch

Image of Abu Sayyaf is an ISIS affiliate in the Philippines.

By California Network

Abu Sayyaf, an affiliate of ISIS in the Philippines, has released the full video of the beheading of Canadian hostage, John Ridsdel. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The graphic video shows the brutal beheading of Canadian hostage, John Ridsdel. He was beheaded ... continue reading


China prepares long-range NUCLEAR WARHEAD in battle for South China Sea Watch

Image of China tested their DF-41 missile (globalsecurity).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

China continues to test the limits of its DF-41 long-range intercontinental ballistic missile as tensions rise between the country and the U.S. over the South China Sea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to The Free Beacon, Pentagon officials reported the ... continue reading


God's Intervention? Baby girl incredibly survives devastating Japan earthquake Watch

Image of Rescuers discover 8-month-old baby in the rubble of a crumbled building (BBC).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Following a 6.5 magnitude earthquake, nine have been reported dead and over 800 people suffered injuries - but God ensured the safety of one blessed little girl. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to NBC News, an 8-month-old girl was sleeping peacefully when ... continue reading


No more Christmas in Nepal? Watch

Image of Nepal says no more Christmas.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Nepal first recognized Christmas as a national holiday eight years ago, but the 2015 Christmas celebration will be its last. Nepali government officials announced Christmas is no longer recognized as a national holiday, prompting the Christian minority to rise together ... continue reading


'This Christian nursing home is not a place for religious activities': Christians victims of persecution Watch

Image of China destroys thousands of crucifixes to effort to eradicate Christianity (ChinaAid).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

China's government has destroyed over 1,500 crucifixes in Zhejiang province, China as part of a plan to eradicate the Christian communities. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Christianity is spreading across China, leading the communist government to grow upset over ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Zephaniah 3:14-18,
14 Shout for joy, daughter of Zion, Israel, shout aloud! Rejoice, exult ... Read More

Psalm, Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6
2 Look, he is the God of my salvation: I shall have faith and not be ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 1:39-56
39 Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for May 31st, 2016 Image

St. Mechtildis
May 31: Benedictine abbess and miracle worker. She was ... Read More