Police Are Hunting People Who Put Their Month Old Baby On eBay
Now and again, things will get financially tight. This usually means selling a few possessions from around the house to bring in a bit of extra cash.
The normal items are DVDs and CDs lying around that are no longer used. It could maybe be a stereo, the car if things get too bad, and... of course... your child.
The illicit selling of humans is severely frowned upon by eBay, and weirdly lands you a rather serious criminal record.
However, this German family, from Duisburg, were blissfully unaware that actually trying to offload their 40-day-old baby on the selling site might land them in a spot of bother.
Poor Maria. I refuse to believe she was such a burden to her parents that basically trafficking her on the world's most popular selling site was the only option. She was listed at £4,500.
The listing, which has since been deleted, showed the toddler in various different sleepsuits with a description saying "Child, 40 days old named Maria... for sale."
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Now, I'm sure we've all been in that state of drunkenness where surfing across the bay has thrown up some odd products. I once debated with myself whether or not paying £30 for a canoe would be a solid investment at 2am. But then I realised the closest water to me is a park's duck pond and that the cook book 'Coolio The Ghetto Gourmet: Cookin' With Coolio' was one click away. Sorry, canoe geezer, no deal. However, I reckon stumbling across a baby for sale would take the biscuit.
"We received a lot of complaints from users and we immediately pursued the matter," eBay spokesman Pierre Du Bois said after the company removed the listing. "In such a case, we provide the authorities with all available information."
Police are now reportedly on a mission to find whoever tried to wheel and deal their daughter, but there is a big possibility the whole thing was a farce.
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