EBay removes ad for sale of human kidney

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  1. SimonV
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    [​IMG]<font size="3">EBay removes ad for sale of human kidney</font>

    Auction Web site eBay removed a listing Thursday from a British man who was attempting to sell one of his kidneys to finance medical treatment for his sick daughter.

    Peter Randall had put a reserve price of 50,000 pounds (U.S. $85,000) for the kidney on an advertisement on eBay which described him as a "49-year-old non-smoking male who drinks only socially and who is in good health," and said that the organ could be posted to a buyer in Britain, the Middle East, Asia, Europe or North America.

    Randall told The Sun newspaper that he was trying to raise money for special therapy for his 6-year-old daughter Alice, who suffers from cerebral palsy. Randall and his partner, Jennifer Stanbury, 44, say the treatment had given them hope their daughter might walk.

    A spokeswoman for eBay said the advertisement, which had been running for a week with no bids, was pulled when the company was alerted to its presence Thursday morning.

    "Humans, the human body or any human body parts may not be listed on eBay or included as a gift, prize or in connection with a giveaway or charity," the company said in a statement. "The listing in question contravened these policies and was removed from the site."

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    1. tripwire45
      I have nothing but sympathy for a man who is willing to sacrifice almost anything for his child...but there's got to be a line where you just shouldn't cross. eBay has been guilty of putting things up for sale that they shouldn't have before. The most disgusting example that leaps to mind was the offering for sale of pieces of the Columbia Space Shuttle that broke up in the atmosphere some months ago. Is it really that easy to put anything up for sale on eBay?
    2. SimonV
    3. tripwire45
      "Imaginary online girlfriend??? :eek: I thought that's what these guys went to p0rn sites for. :oops:

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