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Baby Girl Auctioned for £5k on eBay

Pic shows: The newborn baby that has been offered for sale on Ebay.

Police are investigating after a baby girl was put up for sale on the eBay online auction website.

The one-month-old tot, called Maria, was put up for sale with offers invited over 5,000 EUR (4,510 GBP).

According to the listing, which was taken down by eBay within 30 minutes, Maria lives in the city of Duisburg in western Germany's state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The seller included photographs of dark-haired Maria wearing a variety of sleepsuits in the listing which was entitled: "Child, 40 days old named Maria… for sale."

The listing quickly went viral on social media and internet forums where users were scandalised that somebody would post such a listing.

eBay spokesman Pierre Du Bois said the company removed the listing and informed the police as soon as they were aware of the matter.

He said: "We received a lot of complaints from users and we immediately pursued the matter. In such a case, we provide the authorities with all available information."

It is not yet clear whether the eBay seller really wanted to make money out of the baby or whether it was all just a bad joke.

Mr Du Bois said that eBay suffered from its fair share of hoax listings including both bad jokes and attempts to defraud users.

"We immediately ban these providers. We have specially trained teams which keep track on such cases and quickly react," he said.

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THE baby girl up for sale on eBay is the daughter of refugee who’d only just arrived in Germany, police have revealed.

The one-month-old infant called Maria – who was put up for sale for around £4,500 – has now been taken into care while her family are investigated.

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