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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:03PM Bramen said

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WTF!!

Posted: Jul 26th 2011 7:06AM (Unverified) said

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@Bramen I know, that's so overpriced.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:03PM InkSix said

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Wow, such brutal honesty.

Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:06PM Faith said

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This is why we need to continue to be strong against games with MT stores in the west! =p

Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:15PM pcgneurotic said

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@Faith

Because they couldn't possibly be selling their kids to pay a monthly sub, or a lifetime sub, or anything like that... =P
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 7:24PM Mikx said

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@pcgneurotic

Free to play, all the way!

Its clearly the only way to stop child slavery.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:07PM SunnyRavencourt said

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The price difference between the sexes should be nearly equally as shocking. I'm surprised in a country like that they didn't just throw out the girl as "unsellable".

Posted: Jul 25th 2011 7:00PM StClair said

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@SunnyRavencourt
Yeah, that was my thought as well. :(
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 9:08PM Fakeassname said

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@SunnyRavencourt

Uhm ... little girls will always be quite "sellable" in Asia.

China has bans on that sort of thing in country, but they really don't give a shit what happens if you were to buy them a one way ticket to Thailand.

It's a good chance that those boys ended up in the same place, or at least the property of a Triad boss. Moral people don't buy kids, period.

There are plenty of Orphanages in China, if you want a child TO RAISE AS YOUR OWN all you gotta do is ask.
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Posted: Jul 26th 2011 9:00AM fallwind said

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@Fakeassname "all you gotta do is ask."

and provide bank details, health reports, family history information, proof of employment, marriage certificates (hetero only), pay thousands more, and be stuck in a waiting line for years.

ya, simple as walking up and asking....
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:10PM Dril said

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Before you knee-jerk over how awful this is: it looks fake.

1) Sold them to WHO?
2) One child policy anyone? It's highly unlikely they'd have two kids, let alone three, if they're not rich. Which, considering the circumstances, they're not.
3) The paper itself seems sketchy (and small) at best.
4) Again with one child policy, the family would be checked constantly. Either they were bribing officials (owait, no money) or the lack of children would have been noted. Chinese officials wouldn't let that slip by them.

Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:13PM SunnyRavencourt said

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@Dril I would hope that ABC News checked their sources. It's not exactly a blog.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:22PM sorryfsu said

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@Dril

The one child policy isn't really in effect in China any more. It's much less strenuous now and especially since China realized that it was causing such a disparity in sexes (30 million more men than women in China). And as for the Chinese officials noticing I'm sure they thought about it long enough to realize they can't just be having these children disappear all willy nilly.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:22PM Dril said

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@SunnyRavencourt

Try looking for the newspaper in question: virtually the only mention is this story and a tiny directory mention.

The story really doesn't add up.

At all.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:29PM Dril said

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@sorryfsu

Even if it is being relaxed (which is to say, it's being made slightly more lenient but still fairly strict), 3 children wouldn't be tolerated, *especially* in an urban environment (which is where these people are) and if the first child was a boy.


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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:50PM Tyrang said

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@Dril

One child policy is related to how much tax you are willing to pay. So yes, multiple children is allowed.

Now the issue lies in how the hell can they afford pay three children taxes?

My guess is they don't. So how did that happened?

Well, one has to understand that big part of the chinese police force/enforcement are quite useless, or lazy, or whatever you call it. I have experienced it first hand during my time at China. Law is in place, but law enforcement is just..... not quite there.

Either they are never checked, and when they are checked, there is every indication on SURFACE that they are living with a kid. And quite frankly the investigation most likely died there.

Just my two cents having spent extended period of time in China.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 5:52PM Borick said

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@sorryfsu Any society that values its phalluses over its wombs will die from lack of replacement humans.

That's why it's 'Women and children first' in the Western world, rather than the other way around.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 6:31PM Dril said

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@Tyrang

"One child policy is related to how much tax you are willing to pay. So yes, multiple children is allowed."

But that's my point: if they're selling children for money, the burden of having to pay extra fines/taxes seems counter-productive.
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Posted: Jul 25th 2011 9:15PM Fakeassname said

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@Dril

you pay the tax based on the number of children produced, not living with you.

if you pop out one child and it dies 3 months later (for whatever reason) they will still bill you for two kids if you go back to the "factory" and pop out another one.

you can get around that by not having the kid at a hospital but then you run into problems with your child not being registered as a Chinese citizen.
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Posted: Jul 26th 2011 1:06AM Space Cobra said

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@Dril @Tyrang

* "It may also have occured in the countryside. You can get away with things there.

For child tax, that could have been another reason to sell than just "selling for game money". *

I agree, it's all sketchy, but so are the ultimate reasons. It really could have been they got tired of caring for the kids and figured out a way to get money and get them out. It's obvious the grandmother was appalled since she reported her own daughter.

Really, I've heard/seen poor people in other countries do about the same for other/similar reasons (they wanted a new car...etc.). These sound like uneducated "hicks", but again, that's my speculation knowing human nature.
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