Cao Mengyuan is making the ultimate sacrifice for her family.
Cao Mengyuan, a 19-year-old from China, has gone above and beyond to save her family. The teenager recently posted a video to the Chinese social networking site, WeChat, where she explained her dire situation. Her 45-year-old mother, a life-long farmer, is dying of skin cancer and Cao Mengyuan’s family doesn’t have the money to fund her mother’s care.
While selling yourself online is not entirely unheard of, Cao’s story feels different. She’s asking that someone swoop in to save her mother’s life—which would cost about 350,000 Yuan ($50,000 USD). In return, she says, the buyer would get Cao Mengyuan.
It’s Not Enough
Cao Mengyuan is the eldest of five children and her family’s sole breadwinner. With her mother, Wu Zhaofang, ill and her father unable to work, the responsibility for her family and their finances falls to Cao. She explained in the post that she dropped out of school to support them all, but only makes 1,000 Yuan each month—not nearly enough to get Wu Zhaofang the care she needs.
Hopeless for her family’s future, Cao has turned to the internet. The teen posted a heartfelt message to the world titled, “Selling Myself.”
“I wish that a kind-hearted person could buy me, so my mother can undergo the operation,” she wrote. “After the transaction, I am willing to work at the will of the buyer in return. I will do whatever the buyer asked me to do. I never go back on my word.”
And, apparently, someone has accepted the offer.
Cao isn’t the first young woman to resort to selling themselves online to get out of a dire situation. In 2014, a young woman from Seattle moved to the Kit Kat Ranch in Nevada and put her virginity up for sale after a fire ruined her family. Another young woman has offered the same—this time, to raise money from medical school.