A twisted couple hooked on crystal meth sold their newborn son for £6,800 to fund their drug addition.
The pair from China struck up a deal with a couple they met on a chatroom who were having troubling conceiving and said they were desperate to start their own family.
They agreed on a fee of almost £7,000 for the baby boy before he was secretly sold.
The parents – named as Mr Wang and Ms Zhong – were later found by police in a hotel room surrounded by stacks of cash and drug paraphernalia scattered around the bed.
However, they have now been locked up for child trafficking, while the baby boy is in the safe care of grandparents.
Police said the couple from the south-western Chinese city of Neijiang had already been on their radar due to the history of drug abuse, reports Chinese news outlet Sina.
According to local media, the pair were facing mounting debts in the grips of addiction with Ms Zhong using meth multiple times during her pregnancy.
They then decided to sell their baby.
Ms Zhong told the couple on the chatroom that she couldn’t afford to raise a child and was looking for a family to ‘look after’ her unborn child.
They agreed to pay 60,000 yuan (£6,800) ‘nutrition fees’ to the couple, who would then hand over the baby as soon as he was born.
Ms Zhong gave birth to a healthy boy on October 11 and within hours the baby had been handed over.
However police had been monitoring them and were immediately suspicious and tracked down the parties before they all confessed.
The couple admitted that they had bought a batch of crystal meth and two brand-new mobile phones with the profit.
Mr Wang was jailed for five years, while Ms Zhong was handed a six-year prison sentence.