A Saudi man is trying to sell his son on Facebook for around $20million to avoid 'living in poverty' after his illegal business was shut down.
Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry claims trafficking his son is the only option to continue providing for his wife and daughter.
He says he is willing to go to court to complete the sale, the only condition of which is to know which city the buyer lives in.
Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry is seeking that amount - or 73 million UAE Dirhams - in exchange for his son because a local court recently shuttered his illegal debt-collection business, VentureBeat.com reports, citing a report by Al Sharq, a news outlet based in Qatar.
Al Shahry reportedly resorted to child trafficking so that he, his wife and daughter could avoid "living in poverty". His only stipulation, according to reports, is that he knows the city in which the buyer resides.
The sale of children is illegal in Saudi Arabia, but the Saudi government does little to stop it, according to the US Department of State. It has been designated as a Tier 3 country for human trafficking, indicating that the government doesn't meet minimum international standards of human trafficking or seek to uphold them.
Al Shahry is now ready to go to court to complete the "sale procedures," Al Sharq reports.
Russia Today, however, suggests the sale is merely a public stunt aimed to attract a rich investor to save Al Shahry from his financial troubles.