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Having already had seven daughters, a couple in China's Guangdong province went on a desperate quest for a son -- by turning to the black market.
After putting together 100,000 yuan around (S$20,000), they went to purchase a male infant from human traffickers at the black market.
However, they got caught in a police bust and never made it home, reported Shanghaiist.
The couple, whose daughters are aged two to 18 years old, told the media they had wanted to "adopt" a baby boy and did not know that they were dealing with human traffickers.
According to the husband, the "agents" had requested for an "adoption fee" of 92,000 yuan (around S$18,900).
Local authorities said the trafficked child was originally from Yunnan and had passed through several traffickers before reaching the couple, far away from his home.