A couple from Vancouver, British Columbia have been arrested on charges of public mischief after listing their seven-day-old baby girl on the popular online classified ad site Craigslist.
The listing claimed that the baby was unexpected, “healthy and very cute.” It asked $10,000 for the baby. It also listed a phone number belonging to a stolen cellphone, which was used to find the couple.
The couple claimed that the listing, which has since been removed, was a hoax. The parents have been released, but charges are still being considered. The baby has been placed in provincial care.
A suspected copycat incident occurred just four days later, also offering a seven-day-old baby girl for $10,000 on Craigslist. This incident turned out to be a hoax, and no child was in danger.
Last week saw a similar incident in Germany, where a couple listed a seven-month-old baby on eBay. In this case the police launched a child trafficking investigation, despite the parents’s assertion that the listing was a joke.
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