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Broke Saudi businessman attempts to sell 10-year-old son on Facebook

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saudiA FATHER in Saudi Arabia is attempting to sell his 10-year-old son on Facebook for $20 million.

Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry claims trafficking his son is the only option to continue providing for his wife and daughter after his debt collection business was shut down by Saudi authorities.

It is not known whether the bid is some sort of protest against the closure but child welfare agencies are watching developments closely as Saudi Arabia has a wretched record on child abuse.

According to the Facebook page, all Al Shahry would require for the sale is knowledge of which city the buyer lives in and $20 million.

Al Shahry made the decision after first asking whether the authorities could help him financially when his illegal debt-collection business was shut down by a court, he told Quatari news outlet Al Sharq.

He was apparently denied the request because he was older than 35.

Human trafficking is an offence in Saudi Arabia, but the country does not comply with minimum international standards, according to the U.S. Department of State.

In recent reports, quoted in Venture Beat, it said the Saudi government '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.'

Facebook is also unlikely to allow such a sale through its website.

According to its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, users 'will not post content or take any action on Facebook that infringes or violates someone else’s rights or otherwise violates the law.'

Around half of all Saudi children face domestic violence or some kind of abuse, it is claimed by a Saudi Arabian human rights group, The National Society for Human Rights


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