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Indian Man Attempted to Sell His Grandson for Money to Buy Drugs


A man in India, Feroz Khan, 47, recently arranged a deal on Facebook with a local businessman to sell his newborn grandson in exchange for drugs. They agreed to have two hospital workers kidnap the baby just hours after he was born.

According to a newspaper in India, the Indian Express, Khan, along with a nurse, Sunita Rani, and another person known only as Gurpreet, have been arrested for attempted kidnapping.

The baby’s mother, Noori, had opposed the whole idea, and the police intervened quickly, rescuing the baby from Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi before the deal was completed. The infant was returned safely to the mother.

Police commissioner Ishwar Singh said Gurpreet had a Facebook friend whose wife had fertility problems. Before the suspected transaction, the three settled on a price of around 45,000 Indian rupees (Rs) which is about 830 U.S dollars.

Rani was caught and had Rs 20,500, about $380 on her, while the other culprit, Khan, had Rs 24,000, about $450. At the Basti Jodhewa police station, officers explained that Khan had arranged to sell the baby through the social media site to fund his toxic drug habit.

Satish Malhotra, a senior police officer in the northern Indian city of Ludhiana, said, “All three people who conspired to sell the child have been arrested and we will be interrogating the businessman who paid the money to buy the baby.”

All three have appeared in court and, if found guilty, they could be jailed for seven years.

This is not the first time this type of incident has happened. In March 2013, a woman from Oklahoma, Misty Vanhorn, attempted to sell her two young children on Facebook in order to bail her boyfriend out of jail. Vanhorn, 22, was asking a whopping $1,000 for her two-year-old or $4,000 for both her 10-month-old infant and the toddler.

When her two children were “up for sale” on Facebook, Vanhorn reportedly posted, “Just come to Sallisaw, it’s only 30 minutes away and I’ll give you all of her stuff and let y’all have her forever for $1,000.”

Police arrested Vanhorn and the children were taken into custody by the state.

To even consider selling babies for money to buy drugs or to bail boyfriends out of jail is such a terrible and inhumane thing to do. If someone has to resort to committing a crime like that, they need to be locked up and required to receive serious help.

Work Cited
1. Osborne, Hannah. “Indian Man Tries to Sell Newborn Grandson on Facebook to Buy Drugs.” International Business Times. International Business Times, 24 April 2013. Web. 24 April 2013.


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Kevin Giles is a product of Santa Cruz, CA – the stoner capitol of the world. A born again Christian, Kevin loves his Lord Jesus and believes that his purpose in life is determined by God. He first entered drug recovery at the age of 19, suffering from an addiction to marijuana. He is a recent graduate of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master’s degree in Christian Ministry. Passionate about God’s Word, he aspires to become a pastor or missionary. Kevin has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Monterey Bay. His interests include traveling, movies, golf, fitness and reading. He also enjoys being outdoors as well as spending time with friends and family. Kevin’s faith, education and life experience give him a unique perspective on addiction, recovery and spirituality.

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