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Saudi father puts son up for sale on Facebook

Blaming poverty, Saudi man asks for $20 million for his son... on Facebook.
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Saudi boy sits amid boxes of dates displayed for sale on the eve of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at a market in Riyadh last summer. One Saudi man recently put his young son up for sale on Facebook after his business collapse. (FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

A Saudi man reportedly put his son up for sale on Facebook. The asking price? $20 million.

Qatar’s Al-Sharq (Arabic) newspaper reported Wednesday that Saud bin Nahr al Shahry, 35, fell on hard times after his business was closed down by Saudi authorities.

He opted to sell the boy, whose age was not given but who looked quite young in this photo, to save his wife and daughter from inevitable poverty, he said.

Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product was $622 billion in 2010, according to the CIA World Factbook. It possesses roughly 20 percent of the world’s oil reserves.

But as one Egyptian blogger who posted the story on Twitter said: "not all Saudis bleed oil."

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/the-casbah/saudi-father-puts-son-sale-facebook