Some things are not for sale …

The French tell Belgian stories like the Brits tell (or used to tell) Irish stories and hold themselves laughing. I am now going to tell you a Belgian story, but it’s not funny. In June this year a couple from Ghent in Northern Belgium advertised on the Web that they wish to sell their baby. […]

The French tell Belgian stories like the Brits tell (or used to tell) Irish stories and hold themselves laughing.

I am now going to tell you a Belgian story, but it’s not funny.

In June this year a couple from Ghent in Northern Belgium advertised on the Web that they wish to sell their baby. The little mite was to be born in July. A couple from Holland contacted them with an offer of apparently between €5000 and €10000 ($6500 and $13000 – ₤4200 and ₤8400) for the baby. The baby (a boy) was successfully delivered into the waiting and welcoming arms of the Dutch couple who were unable to have children of their own.

Holland’s national child protection agency then got hold of the story and decided to investigate. As a result a Belgian court is to decide whether to charge the Ghent couple with organising an illegal adoption. It must also decide the future of the boy now four months old.

Should the Belgian court decide that the Ghent couple will be charged and if they are convicted they might have to do five years. The reason they’ve given for having sold off the boy is that they already had a child and they were rather strapped for cash.

Now however the two are saying that they bitterly regret having sold their baby and they would like him back.

I know what I will say to them …

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

4 Responses to “Some things are not for sale …”

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    Silly Yak Tales Says:

    I would be telling the selling couple to forget wanting him back.
    And some kids who get adopted the normal way are badly mistreated, I know a few who have been through those means.
    So they need to look at the fact that the real parents are not that good of parents to begin with and the child is lucky to be with someone who probably loves it.

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    Tony Says:

    Marilyn,

    This makes me ask whether it is in order for a famous and wealthy couple to hand over a few million to a charity in exchange for a baby? We should get our priorities right and regard both (handing over millions to a charity or five or ten thousand to a couple) as evil. Unfortunately, when the famous and wealthy “buy” children we call them philanthropists …

    Tony

  3. 2
    Satima Flavell Says:

    King Solomon, where are you?

  4. 1
    Jo Says:

    I would probably say the same thing as you, Marilyn. However, having completed the transaction, I feel sorry for the Dutch couple who obviously very much wanted the child. I do hope they get to keep the baby. However, if the child ever finds out what happened, he won’t be very happy about it.

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