Category: Media & Culture / April 25, 2013 11:07 AM EDT
A new-born baby boy in India was reportedly sold via social media website Facebook for $15,000, after his grandfather told his daughter she had given birth to a stillborn child, Indian authorities say.
The incident allegedly took place on April 10 in a rural area on the outskirts of Ludhiana city in northern India's Punjab state.
The grandfather, Firoz Khan, is believed to have sold the baby to a hospital nurse and a fellow employee for $850, who in turn sold the infant to a middleman for $6,450.
The middleman who then put the baby's picture on Facebook apparently struck a deal with a New Delhi-based businessman for a sum of $15,000.
Twenty-year-old Noori Khan complained her baby had gone missing after suspecting her father's sudden new wealth, according to media reports.
A police investigation found that the infant had been trafficked and sold to a couple in New Delhi and police have arrested the grandfather, the two hospital staff and a friend of the grandfather suspected to be involved in the trafficking.
The grandfather reportedly told authorities he wanted to get his daughter married for a second time after she was abandoned by her husband, but that it would have been difficult for her if she had a baby.
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