Chinese Law Prof, Fired and Fined for Violating One-Child Policy, Tried Selling Himself
Posted Sep 2, 2011 8:13 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss
A law professor who was fired and charged a $37,000 “social upbringing fee” for violating China’s one-child policy tried putting himself up for sale to raise the money.
Yang Zhizhu lost his job at Beijing's China Youth University for Political Sciences after he refused to pay the fine, levied after his wife gave birth to their second daughter in December 2009, report UPI and China.Org.CN. Because he didn’t pay the fine, the younger daughter will not be granted household registration papers entitling her to a public education and health care.
Yang’s solution last September was to put himself up for sale for $100,000, with a vow to serve his master “until death.” There were no takers. He appealed the fine and lost, China.Org.CN says, citing a story in Southern Weekend magazine.
Yang told the Telegraph last year that his offer to become a slave “was more of a protest than a serious offer, but I would still consider it if someone came forward.”