16 July 2011
Investigation into kids for sale offer on eBay
Woman put children on eBay "as a joke"
Several people placed bids on auction
Children both aged under 10 now in care
A VICTORIAN woman is being investigated after offering her two young children for sale to the highest bidder on internet auction site eBay.
The woman, in her early 30s, lives near Geelong. She wrote a "lengthy sales pitch" that included photographs of her son and daughter, both aged under 10.
Several people placed bids on the sickening auction, which has alarmed authorities.Detectives from the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse unit were alerted to the internet page by a horrified member of the public.The page has been taken down and the woman's children could be taken into permanent care.
Victoria Police has decided not to press charges against the mum, who claims the act was a joke.
Officers continue to probe the people who bid on the children and the Department of Human Services is continuing its investigation into the family.
She faced charges under section 493 of Failing to Protect Child from Harm, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison.
But officers accepted her plea that it was a joke.However, they have referred the matter to the DHS, which is still investigating the family.