Just when you thought that you have seen and heard of everything imaginable, this story, about a baby being advertised for adoption on the popular website craigslist.com breaks out of Texas. It would seem as though someone decided to either trade their little one for cash, or to yank a lot of chains with a truly tasteless prank, either way no one is laughing.
The ad claimed that the baby was between 9-10 months old, as well as reporting that he or she was also healthy and calm. The ad also stated that families with approved homestudies were preferred, but other families could be accepted on a case by case basis. Anyone toss their cookies yet? If you haven’t quite tossed your breakfast yet in disgust, don’t give up hope, because it doesn’t stop there, it gets just a tinsy bit worse.
What can be worse than someone placing an ad on a website offering to give away their child? How about the fact that there is nothing that police can do about it? That’s right police in Texas have stated that while the ad may be a tad bit morally nauseating, that is about all that it is and not against the law at all, as long as the ad was posted by either one of the child’s biological parents. While giving a cash exchange for a child is not legal in Texas, the ad did not come right out and say, ‘hey baby to the highest bidder,’ and therefore was not breaking any laws. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services also read the ad, but along with police found nothing to use in order to open up an investigation.
Emails that were sent to the writer of the ad were not returned, so either the baby has found a new family to call its own thanks to craiglist and its incredible selling power, or whomever decided to start such a prank has realized that not everyone has found their scheme as amusing as they did. Either way craigslist has thankfully removed the ad. Fans of craigslist are often heard exclaiming that you can find anything that you want on that site, and after reading this story, I am now sadly inclined to believe those who swear that you truly can find anything, absolutely anything, that your heart desires, for sale on craigslist, what a world.