Beijing: A Chinese couple allegedly sold their 18-day-old baby daughter for 23,000 Yuan (R2,37,330) to buy an iPhone.

A Duan, father of the child, from Fujian Province in country’s southeast found a buyer for his 18-day-old child on the social media site QQ, who paid 23,000 Yuan (R2,37,330) for the baby, state-run People’s Daily online reported.

The man allegedly intended to buy an iPhone and a motorbike with the funds. The mother, called Xiao Mei, reportedly worked many part- time jobs while the father spent his most of time in Internet cafes.

The couple met in 2013 and their child was born following an unwanted pregnancy. Both parents were 19 at the time and being short of money, A Duan eagerly took up the opportunity to traffic her off for material possessions.

Mei had fled from Tong’an after the baby was sold, but was tracked down by police investigating the illegal sale. “I myself was adopted, and may people in my hometown send their kids to other people to raise them. I really didn’t know that it was illegal,” Mei said.

Mei has received a two-and-a-half year suspended sentence and A Duan was given three years in jail, the report said.