On­line site pulls ad for sale of baby

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ZARA NI­CHOL­SON

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.”

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