Saudi man tries to sell son on Facebook

January 11th, 2012 - 11:20 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Riyadh, Jan 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A Saudi man has offered his son for sale on Facebook. Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry says he decided to sell his son after his illegal debt business was shut down by Saudi officials.

Nasser promises his prospective buyer that he is willing to complete the sale in court. It is not clear if what Nasser is doing is legal. Saudi Arabia punishes child trafficking but critics say the law is not strong enough to deter the crime.

In a recent US report, the Saudi government is condemned because it “continues to lack adequate anti-trafficking laws, and, despite evidence of widespread trafficking abuses, did not report any criminal prosecutions, convictions or prison sentences for trafficking crimes committed against foreign domestic workers.”

Nasser has placed the tag of $20 million on the son saying he will use the amount to take care of his wife and daughter.

When the intended sale comes to the notice of Facebook, the website is likely to take it down. The Statement of Rights and Responsibilities make it clear that no user should use the platform to promote any criminal activity. Facebook is home to 800 million users so it will take a time for this to come to the notice of the site owners.

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