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 (note to self: could there be more outdated irrelevant and harmful laws lingering in the US?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?). Continue reading