With the worsening economy everything is for sale on Craigslist, including one kidney from someone self-described as a healthy, healthy, broke and about to be homeless 35-year-old.
Selling a kidney is unquestionably illegal but its hard to tell if the ad is serious or a prank.
In a Craigslist posting under the barter heading of the Miami-Dade, Florida Craigslist on Wednesday at 2:51 a.m., an unidentified individual said that a need to pay debt drove a decision to offer a kidney for sale for $75,000 plus medical expenses.
However, auctioning, selling or bartering a kidney violates laws in the United States, and probably violates Craigslist policy.
An initial email from AHN Media Corp. to the blind Craigslist reply email address brought a response from a man claiming to be the person who ran the ad, but there were some discrepancies in identity.
The Craigslist ad identifies the person selling the kidney as being 35 years old while the person who answered the email to the ad identified himself as a 26-year-old veteran.
According to his email, his woes began in Chicago when his landlord was foreclosed on there. He said that he and his girlfriend couldn't find another place to live in that area that they could afford on what he earned from a dead-end security job.
They relocated to Florida to move in with his parents. However, the economy crashed shortly after he arrived, the job market dried up and he has been unable to find any job, he said.
Worse still, he says that his mother and step-father, who are themselves respectively unemployed and under-employed, are now about to lose their home because they can't pay lot rent for their trailer.
"So in a month I went from dead end job with the promise of being outdoors, to being jobless and on the verge of accompanied homeless-ness. People wonder how the "Financial Crisis" is affecting regular people, how about no company is hiring right now, because they're all scared shitless. [T]hats the Cliffs notes version. [A]nd even though it's illegal, and in many ways immoral, I'm hoping there's some rich POS Republican who needs a kidney. If I were a woman, I'd sell my eggs, or be stripper. I've read they can even get upwards of 40k for bringing a baby to term for someone else. Lucky broads," he wrote.
As of the time this article was published, the person advertising the kidney hadn't responded to a second email from AHN to get clarification of the facts and situation. And AHN has no way to determine if this person is serious or if this is a prank.
However, in the email to AHN, the individual had stated that he would be willing to be interviewed in depth over lunch, if AHN was treating.
He also said that he thought there were more important things to write about than his decision to try to sell his kidney.
"Unfortunately I think everyone has their problems right now, and no one cares whether I want to get rid of a kidney for some desperately needed funds. What you should be writing about is the election, and that everyone is tip-toeing around the fact that John McCain is a 72-year-old cancer survivor. How's this for a scary situation, McCain wins, dies after a month, and Palin is in charge. Congress and the Senate vote no-confidence, and Pelosi is the Head honcho, at which point no one knows what the hell is going on, and the country descends into some sad imitation of a never produced 4th MadMax film," wrote the person who claims credit for posting Craigslist ad No. 879846827.