Baby boy put up for sale on E-bay starting bid 1 euro

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Baby boy put up for sale on E-bay starting bid 1 euro

Postby bugalugs1970 » Sat May 24, 2008 10:27 pm

Baby For Sale On eBay For One Euro
Updated:16:16, Saturday May 24, 2008

A seven-month-old baby boy has been taken away from his parents after they advertised him for sale on eBay for one euro.

eBay eventually removed the adPolice in southern Germany took the child away on Saturday after they received calls from surfers who had seen the advert on the online auction site.

Officers have now launched an investigation into possible child trafficking charges against the parents - who claim it was "all a joke".

The 23-year-old mother told German newspaper Bild: "It was only a joke.

"I just wanted to see if someone would make an offer.

"They've taken my son to hospital and I've got to take psychiatric tests next week."

No offers were made for the child in the two hours and 30 minutes he was posted for sale.

The ad read: "Baby - collection only. Offer my nearly new baby for sale because it cries too much.

"Male, 70 cm long."

eBay has deleted the advert and the child is currently in the care of "youth services" in the southwestern Allgaeu region of Germany.

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Postby the_last_name_left » Sun May 25, 2008 3:27 am

lol

psychiatric tests for a joke?
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Postby Billie » Sun May 25, 2008 3:50 am

Good Lord, what is this world coming to? :roll:
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Postby bugalugs1970 » Sun May 25, 2008 12:31 pm

the_last_name_left wrote:lol

psychiatric tests for a joke?



not a funny joke though is it!!! considering she is supposed to be the childs mother, clearly not mature enough to be a parent imo.
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Postby lovemedo » Sun May 25, 2008 12:34 pm

dummk├Âpfe!!!

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Postby the_last_name_left » Mon May 26, 2008 8:49 pm

clearly not mature enough to be a parent imo.



fair enough - but you don't get to decide!

not a funny joke though is it!!!


I think it's funny!

And from what we know, it was handled stupidly seriously. Are they being punished because it wasn't funny enough? And whose kids are they anyway?

It seems obvious it's a joke. But maybe there's more to it that wasn't reported? If not, it's authoritarian nonesense.
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Postby bugalugs1970 » Mon May 26, 2008 9:11 pm

the_last_name_left wrote:
clearly not mature enough to be a parent imo.



fair enough - but you don't get to decide!

not a funny joke though is it!!!


I think it's funny!

And from what we know, it was handled stupidly seriously. Are they being punished because it wasn't funny enough? And whose kids are they anyway?

It seems obvious it's a joke. But maybe there's more to it that wasn't reported? If not, it's authoritarian nonesense.



I find it scary that you make your assumptions on the little piece i have posted!!!!
What do you know about the parents history? What other information do you have about the case?

Lets just say i am greatful that i do not share your humour.
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Postby the_last_name_left » Mon May 26, 2008 10:30 pm

I find it scary that you make your assumptions on the little piece i have posted!!!!


I read it at face-value. It's a joke. Your seeing more in it than the bare facts reported is your making assumptions - not me.

What do you know about the parents history? What other information do you have about the case?


None. Surely your seeing malevolence in the story, rather than just a harmless joke, is you being presumptuous, not me?

Lets just say i am greatful that i do not share your humour.


Fair enough. But just because you don't think it's funny need that warrant intervention by authority etc? I can't see why.
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Postby bugalugs1970 » Mon May 26, 2008 10:34 pm

Officers have now launched an investigation into possible child trafficking charges against the parents - who claim it was "all a joke".


And why would officer's launch such an investigation???

I am not making assumptions, if it was intended as a joke it extremely poor taste.
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Postby bugalugs1970 » Mon May 26, 2008 10:40 pm

Police seize baby for sale on eBay for 80p
By Harry de Quetteville in Berlin
Last Updated: 2:31PM BST 25/05/2008
Police in Germany have taken an 8 month-old baby into care after his parents offered him for sale on an internet auction site for 80 pence.
The couple, from the south German town of Memmingen, announced the sale on Ebay, offering the boy for sale because "he has become too loud".

A host of internet users alerted the police, who have since opened an investigation into suspected child trafficking.

The auction, which began last week with a starting price of 1 euro, was shut down after just two hours with no bids on 8 month-old Merlin.

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While still online, the auction offer was entitled: "Baby - Pick-up in Person Only."

"I'm offering here my nearly new baby for sale since it's become too loud for me," the offer read.

"It's a boy around 70 centimetres big. You can use it in a baby sling or in a pram!" Merlin's 23 year-old mother, Tanja, has insisted that the whole scheme was simply a joke in very poor taste.

"I would never give up my beloved Merlin," she said in an interview.

"On the contrary. I just did it for a bit of fun, and simply wanted to see whether someone would actually reply to the offer."

Police failed to see the funny side of the auction however, and baby Merlin is now in the custody of regional child care services while the investigation continues.

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Postby bugalugs1970 » Mon May 26, 2008 10:43 pm

'Babies for sale' on Chinese eBay

There is a thriving black market in babies in China
Chinese police are investigating a report of attempted baby trafficking on an internet auction site, according to a state-owned newspaper.
The advertisement was reportedly placed on eBay's Chinese website, Eachnet.

Boys were advertised for 28,000 yuan ($3,450) while girls were offered for 13,000 yuan ($1,603), Eachnet manager Tang Lei told the China Daily.

The offer could have been a hoax, but it comes as baby trafficking is seen as an increasing problem in China.

China's strict "one child" birth control policy, coupled with the traditional bias for male children, has led to widespread reports of child abductions, and several people have been sentenced to death for their part in smuggling rings.

According to Eachnet, the advertisement was registered in Shanghai on 16 October.

The seller, under the user name "Chuangxinzhe Yongyuan" or "innovator forever", said the babies would be available within 100 days of their birth.

The seller said the service was being provided for the benefit of China's millions of infertile couples.

All the children were described as coming from Henan province in central China.

Although no deals were struck, more than 50 people browsed the listing before it was removed, including one who left an enquiry.

According to Tang Lei, the website automatically screens all the postings it receives. But the word "baby" is not seen as a forbidden term because so many baby products are advertised on the site.

Mr Tang admitted the posting may have been a hoax - but he added that, if not, the person responsible for the attempted sale could face many years in prison or even the death penalty.
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Postby Arguida » Mon May 26, 2008 10:59 pm

Personally I think everyone over reacted. She was just letting off stress by posting the sale. Much better to do that than to actually abuse the baby which some mothers do. The $1 amount showed it was all a joke.
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Postby Elemental » Mon May 26, 2008 11:34 pm

I'm always joking about selling my kids on Ebay with a big NO RETURNS POLICY notice :lol:
Let that be a lesson to one and to all, a person is a person, no matter how small.
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Postby bugalugs1970 » Mon May 26, 2008 11:36 pm

Elemental wrote:I'm always joking about selling my kids on Ebay with a big NO RETURNS POLICY notice :lol:



would you be foolish enough to put them up on there though????
I somehow doubt it :wink:
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Postby Elemental » Mon May 26, 2008 11:42 pm

Maybe after a few drinks :lol: :lol: :lol:
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