Vietnamese couple probed for selling child as part of breakup

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Police in the south central province of Binh Dinh are investigating a young couple who sold their two-month-old baby before breaking up.

Ha Van Hau, 21, and his ex-wife Nguyen Thi Nu, 18, sold their baby in late 2010 to a sterile couple for VND15 million (US$721), news website VietNamNet reported.

The families agreed the couple would unofficially wed after Nu became pregnant. She lived with Hau's family.

But soon after, the girl's parents repeatedly asked her to leave Hau. She agreed, telling Hau she could no longer bear the poverty, despite his insistence that she stay.

Nu says she came up with the idea to sell the baby, gaining VND8 million from the subsequent transaction.

The couple was arrested recently after police received tips from local residents.

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