Five people in southern China have been charged for their involvement in allegedly removing a boy’s kidney in return for offering him cash to buy an iPhone and iPad.
According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, a 17-year-old boy last April had his kidney removed so he could buy an iPhone and iPad. The defendant who arranged the transplant allegedly received 220,000 yen (about $35,000) for bringing the boy to a surgeon, who was also charged, along with the person’s cohorts. The boy, who now suffers from renal deficiency, received 22,000 yen.
Xinhua said that the crime was discovered after the boy’s mother found him using Apple’s products. After she asked him how he earned the money for the devices, he admitted to selling his kidney, to afford the various Apple devices.
According to Chinese news agency, the boy is from Anhui, one of China’s poorest areas, who was trying to buy the iPhone, which starts at 3,988 yen ($633) and the iPad, which starts at 2,988 yen ($474), impossible for him, by himself, to afford on his own.
Now think about it twice before you go out to go buy an Apple product, there are kids selling their kidneys to get the same product you are getting too!