The seller from Duisburg, Germany, included pictures of the dark-haired infant wearing sleepsuits in the listing – chillingly titled: “Child, 40 days old named Maria… for sale.”
The troubling post relating to the newborn baby that has been ‘offered for sale on ebay’
Police are investigating reports a one-month-old baby girl was put up for sale on eBay – for 5,000 Euros (£4,510).
According to the advert, the child – called Maria – lives in the city of Duisburg in west Germany’s state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The seller included pictures of the dark-haired infant wearing a variety of sleepsuits in the listing – which was chillingly titled: “Child, 40 days old named Maria… for sale.”
The listing was taken down by eBay within 30 minutes after it went viral on social media and internet forums.
Online users were quick to condemn the posting and report it to eBay.
Various pictures of the young infant were attached to the eBay listing
Spokesman Pierre Du Bois said the company removed the listing and informed the police as soon as they became aware of the matter.
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.”
It is not yet clear whether the eBay seller really wanted to make money out of the baby – or whether it was all just a bad joke.
Mr Du Bois said that eBay suffered from its fair share of hoax listings, including both bad jokes and attempts to defraud users.
“We immediately ban these providers,” he added.
“We have specially trained teams which keep track on such cases and quickly react.”
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