Online site pulls ad for sale of baby
AN EIGHT-WEEK-OLD baby was offered for sale on Gumtree yesterday, prompting an urgent investigation by Cape Town Child Welfare.
The advertisement, placed on the online classified advert website yesterday, offered a “beautiful eight-week-old baby boy” for “any reasonable offer”. It was later pulled from the site after concerned parents notified the child rights organisation, Molo Songololo.
Dalla Abass from Molo Songololo said they notified Cape Town Child Welfare.
“It is illegal for anyone to trade a child in any for m. Gumtree is now looking into whether the advert was placed by the person who is listed as the contact person on the advert,” Abass said.
The advert also said: “Till now he has been an angel but cannot afford to keep him. Have not named him yet. Leave that to the owner to decide.”
Cape Town Child Welfare called the number on the advert. The man who answered denied placing the advert.
Abass said: “The man denied placing the advert. If we find the person who placed the advert we will lay formal charges of child trafficking with the police’s Family, Children and Sexual Offences Unit.”
When Weekend Argus called the number on the advert, a woman who asked not to be identified, said she and her husband were aware of the advert and confirmed that Cape Town Child Welfare had been in contact. with them
“We are not sure who put out the advert up but we don’t have any children for sale. We want to investigate this with Gumtree. We don’t even have a baby.”