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Baby for sale: police launch probe over ad

An advert for the sale six-month-old baby with the “price up for negotiation” found on a French personal ads website is being investigated by police.

A children’s rights organisation spotted the advert which was put up in the early hours of Sunday morning and alerted the authorities immediately, who are looking into it a possible case of child neglect.

The advert, placed in the furniture section of the website, was posted by an anonymous user. But despite keeping his identity the secret, he explained why the baby was up for sale.

“I’m getting rid of him because I just discovered that this child is visibly not mine,” the advert read.

“Not only does he not have the same colour skin as me, but the father rang me on my wife’s phone to ask me how my son is doing.”

This is not the first time children have been up for sale on the site. In December last year four children were put up for €950, apparently for a joke.

The same internet user put his wife up for sale on the site a few months later.

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Woman hid child in bag on Air France flight to Paris

A woman who flew into Paris from Istanbul this week was found to have hidden a four-year-old girl in a bag on the plane, Air France said on Wednesday.

Woman hid child in bag on Air France flight to Paris
File photo of an Air France plane. Photo: AFP

The airline said the child, travelling without a ticket, was discovered on board the flight on Monday night “hidden inside a bag”.

A source at Charles de Gaulle Airport said the woman was a resident of France in the process of adopting the child, who was from Haiti.

“She was apparently in the transit zone in Istanbul, and had crossed the customs checkpoint with the child, when she was prevented from boarding a flight with her,” said the source.

The woman then “decided to hide the child in a bag to get aboard another flight, after buying a new ticket. “Once on board, she placed the child at her feet, under a blanket, but the girl needed to go to the toilet and was noticed by other passengers,” the source added.

Air France said it notified French authorities and the woman was taken into custody upon landing, but prosecutors decided not to press charges.

She and the girl were however being held at the airport while authorities investigate the case.
 

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