A Darwin parent put their child up for sale for $50 in an advertisement on Gumtree.

The post, “Kid for sale fifty bucks”, was listed on Saturday night along with a photograph of the boy, NT News reports.

“Can deliver/ drop off. Or pick up,” the post read.

The post, listed under the ‘outdoor toys’ category, also reportedly included a pick-up address.

The listing clearly violates Gumtree Australia’s terms of use, which says “we do not accept ads selling body parts/bodily fluids, adoption or surrogacy anywhere on the site”.

The post has since been removed.

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  • I hope this was a joke – but definitely the authorities should be looking into this and ascertaining the extent of possible neglect to the child.


  • Joke or not, that is absolutely disgusting.


  • Even if it was April Fools Day the parents should be taken to court for this. Obviously the ad had a photo of the boy.


  • Although its funny, it reminded me there is child trafficking in this world so the humour is a little ying/yang!


  • Definitely just a joke!! …..??


  • If this is true I hope the child gets taken away from his family and gets to live with another family who will give him the love he deserves. Even if it was just done to teach this child a lesson, they don’t deserve him.


  • Surely this was just a poor joke?


  • That’s horrible!


  • I certainly hope that these parents are charged and/or jailed. So angry right now. !


  • Was this some kind of joke or threat to a child to make them behave better??


  • Were the parents on drugs or something? Poor kid, maybe it was used as some sort of punishment, I am glad Gumtree acted quickly.


  • I hope the police & children services are looking into this family


  • I can’t believe any parents would do this as its not funny in anyway, hopefully the child never knew they did this as I’m sure they would question their love for him


  • Surely a joke, especially for $50. Poor kid, hopefully he was made up and not a real person with heartless parent/s.


  • Surely this would have been put up as a joke …. but totally and utterly sick all the same!


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