A man has admitted putting his baby daughter up for sale on eBay. The German father had listed his 40-days old daughter on the internet auction site for €5,000 (£4,522), along with a description which read: “A small child, 40 days old and named Maria, for sale.”
The advert went viral on social media sites after being placed online, and triggered eBay users who thought it to be a case of human trafficking, and alerted the police who immediately launched an investigation.
The 28-year-old father initially denied posting the ad and claimed his phone went missing before it went live but following a probe into the listing, police said the girl’s father admitted that he was responsible and gave investigators the mobile phone he used to access eBay.
He, however, claimed he did it for a joke.
After raiding her parents’ apartment in Duisburg, Western Germany, officers placed the child into care. Police described the family as refugees, but did not give further details.
In a statement, a spokesman for eBay said the site removed the listing as soon as it came to light. He said:
“We received a lot of complaints from users and we immediately pursued the matter. In such a case, we provide the authorities with all available information. We immediately ban these providers. We have specially trained teams which keep track on such cases and quickly react.”
ebay Incorporated is an American multinational corporation and e-commerce company, providing consumer-to-consumer and business-to-consumer sales services via the Internet.
Founded by Pierre Omidyar in 1995 with its headquarters in San Jose, California, eBay has become a notable success story of the dot-com bubble.
Today it is a multibillion-dollar business with operations localized in over 30 countries.