Hawks Arrest Woman Trying To Sell Baby For R5000 On OLX

A young woman has been arrested by the Hawks for allegedly trying to sell her toddler on OLX, an online classifieds and marketplace website.
The 20-year-old woman put the 19-month-old boy up for sale for R5,000 on Sunday.
Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi revealed that her initial advert was immediately red-flagged by OLX, and removed straight away.
Mulaudzi said the woman then created a second advert, with the sale disguised under the heading: "baby car seat" in the Baby and Kids sale section.

A member of the public notified the police and upon further investigation, the latest advert was found to have the same contact details as the previous one.
In an undercover operation, which had commenced following the initial posting, an agent made plans with the woman to purchase her child for cash.
Mulaudzi said the little boy was handed over "as is" in the exchange. He appeared to be in a healthy state and showed no signs of neglect.
The child is now in a place of safety under the supervision of the Department of Social Development, while investigations continue into the woman's capabilities as a mother, Mulaudzi said.
The child's father and other family members are still being sought, as it will need to be established whether or not the child can be placed in their care. Failing this, he will be placed in foster care.
According to Mulaudzi, the woman cited financial difficulties, among other reasons, for her actions upon her arrest.