Canadian news sites report that a couple was arrested in Vancouver earlier for putting their week-old baby up for sale on Craigslist. List price: 10,000 Canadian dollars.
Marilyn Bateman, the woman who notified police, saw this classified ad while surfing for used furniture:
Must have!!!! $10,000, a new baby girl, healthy and very cute. Can’t afford and unexpected, Looking for a good home, Please call ASAP
Using the cell phone number provided, police tracked the listing down to a residence in downtown Vancouver. The parents of the newborn (a 23-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man, who apparently have had previous encounters with police) claimed the ad was a hoax and were later released without charge due to insufficient evidence. The baby girl has been taken by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Shocking and repugnant as this might seem, it’s not the first — and likely won’t be the last. Just last week, a German couple listed their 8-month-old son for sale on eBay. The opening bid was 1 euro or US$1.57, which is about the price of a bottle of water in New York. Those “parents” also claimed the ad was just a joke.