Recently, someone put the picture of a dark-haired infant on Ebay and captioned it, “Child, 40 days old named Maria… for sale.” The sale price quoted on the website was 5000 Euros. According to the advert, baby Maria is a resident of Duisburg in West Germany’s state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
This post on eBay spread like a forest fire on Twitter and Facebook and brought back large condemnation from online users. eBay, the largest online auction and shopping website, took down the picture within 30 minutes after it went viral on social media and internet forums.
Police are probing the matter and trying to ascertain whether this incident was kind of a joke or a sale for real. eBay in their official statement announced, ” In the past, eBay suffered from its fair share of hoax listings, including both bad jokes and attempts to defraud users. We immediately ban these providers. Also, we have specially trained teams which keep track on such cases and quickly react.”