10-year-old barred from selling grandmother on eBay

Brian Farmer,Press Association
Wednesday 30 September 2009 12:41 BST

A 10-year-old girl's attempt to "sell" her grandmother was thwarted by regulations on human trafficking.

Zoe Pemberton advertised her grandmother Marion Goodall, 61, of Clacton, Essex, on internet auction site eBay.

The youngster described Mrs Goodall as "annoying" but "cuddly" in her joke listing.

But eBay bosses removed the advertisement because the site does not allow humans to be bought and sold.

"Obviously we have rules about the selling of people," said an eBay spokeswoman.

"We had to take it down but it was quite amusing and there were a number of offers.

"The little girl had described her grandmother as 'annoying' but had gone on to say she liked crosswords and was 'cuddly' and there were quite a few offers."

The spokeswoman added: "The advert was obviously light-hearted and had been done with the full knowledge of grandma - we do get these kind of things from time to time."

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