Somehow it escaped my attention that last month a mother was arrested for trying to sell her children on Facebook. Yes, seriously.
Apparently she needed the money to bail her lover out of jail. Just as well she offered them up for sale, really, since it means they have now been rescued from her ‘care’ and will hopefully be placed in a proper home with proper parents.
A quick Google on the topic tells me that this kind of thing isn’t unheard of. There are several cases of people selling babies on Ebay or through dating sites (single mum looking for love, could be just plain single for the right price, ask me how!) and other social media and networking sites. Cruel and dumb, right? Did these people think they were going to get away with it? Did they not realise they were doing anything wrong? Well, if they lived in Mississippi prior to 2009, they weren’t! Yep, up until 2009 in MS, USA it was perfectly legal to buy and sell children! (note to self: could there be more outdated irrelevant and harmful laws lingering in the US? Can I barter my child for your gun?).
A Victorian woman said she just joking when she listed her kids on Ebay. A US woman who wanted a cockatoo in exchange for two kids claimed she was trying to do the right thing (find them a better home) in the wrong way (settling for a cockatoo when a toucan is worth much more?). Are these people for real?
If all this talk of child selling seems like a good idea to you, you might like to head over to childslavelabor.com . It’s got some compelling arguments for why you should sell them your child. Seems their contact form is down but I’m sure it’ll be up and running again soon 😉