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Two women penalized differently for buying and selling a baby

By jubilantj   Thursday, May 5, 2016   17,024   204   23



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A 42-year-old woman was indicted by the Incheon District Court on May 4 for purchasing a newborn baby for 950,000 KRW (~$813 USD). 

The unidentified woman had bought the newborn boy from his mother at Daejeon Hospital nearly one year ago on May 18, 2015. 

The mother, a 28-year-old woman, had created an online post to sell her baby to a sterile couple, and connected with the 42-year-old who was interested in buying her son. The baby was reportedly born out of wedlock from an extramarital affair the 28-year-old had with another man. 

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While the courts sentenced the 42-year-old woman to three years in prison, they were more lenient in their ruling toward the mother, sentencing her to a 10-month prison term and 80 hours of community service. 

According to The Korea Times, the courts had reasoned, "Although her act deserved condemnation for failing to show a minimal level of responsibility, we considered that she admitted to the crime and showed remorse." 

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Ryo69 Sunday, May 8, 2016

Here we go with the "reflecting" bulls**t again!

xpari Saturday, May 7, 2016

I definitely thought it would go the other way around, but I guess it's because the buyer was going around the official adoption process, thereby saving lots of money as well?

Lugoose Friday, May 6, 2016

what the fuck

bafabifi Friday, May 6, 2016

A baby for $800????

mydeerlikesbacon Friday, May 6, 2016

Man when I saw the title I thought the seller should be the one getting the heavier penalty

zippys420 Thursday, May 5, 2016

Maybe the buyer got a harsher sentence because the law suspected she was going resell the child. In that case 3 years is way too short!

gt3lt_kpop Thursday, May 5, 2016

only $813? If you gonna sell ur baby, at least sell it for a higher price (T_T)

freysan Thursday, May 5, 2016

wait? so the person who sold her own baby got a lot lighter sentence for it??!! personally, I think she deserves more punishment than the other who just wanted to have a child, although why she didn't adopt legally is also questionable... but still!! this is just unfair...

evil_muffin Thursday, May 5, 2016

Why didn't the sterile couple just adopt? Yeah, it's easier to buy a baby, but adoption places do background checks and make sure the baby is going to a good home, which is why I am not okay with them just buying a child. And the woman who tried to sell her baby, for God's sake why are you so selfish, give the child to adoption to actually give it a better home, don't try to milk off it like it was an object for your own benefit, how do you know the child will end up in a good home?

reeesie evil_muffin Thursday, May 5, 2016

I'm betting on that she doesn't care if the baby goes to a good home or not if she's willing to sell the baby off like that :/

evil_muffin reeesie Thursday, May 5, 2016

I know, but that is mighty selfish of her, it's not the baby's fault that it was born, and the mother could've ruined its life by just that one action :(

nanuk evil_muffin Thursday, May 5, 2016

As to why they bought the baby rather than adopted, it could be because they didn't think they'd get past the background check but more likely it's because when adopting it can take years to actually get the child. This is the most likely of the options, I think, considering the woman's age. Maybe they couldn't afford adoption, too, though. Either way I think, unless they found conclusive evidence that she was going to go on to sell or harm the baby, her sentence shouldn't have been much different from the biological mothers (though whether that means she should've received a 10 month sentence, too, or they both should've received a three year sentence, I don't know).

Rebel_Patriot Thursday, May 5, 2016

what is with this apology bullshit in Korea? Criminal: I just massacred 20 people because I had a bad day at work, but I'm really, really sorry. Korean Judge: Since you apologized so sincerely you are hereby sentenced to 1 year with the possibility of parole in 30 days.

nanuk Rebel_Patriot Thursday, May 5, 2016

Whether a criminal shows remorse is actually considered in many countries (America, etc.) but usually the sentences aren't reduced so much just because someone 'showed remorse'. I find it odd that the woman buying the baby was sentenced for such a long time in comparison to the biological mother.

Rebel_Patriot nanuk Friday, May 6, 2016

Remorse after-the-fact doesn't have much impact on sentencing in the US due to mandatory sentencing. Believable remorse might get a convict a sentence on the lower end of the mandatory sentence scale, but they will still be getting serious jail time for felonies. In Korea, judges seem to have the power to basically forgo sentencing prison time to a convict altogether, even for serious crimes like rape.

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