Could You Sale Your Child???

@LadyMarissa (12162)
United States
April 20, 2009 6:24pm CST
http://www.wyff4.com/atthemovies/19229135/detail.html Some journalists posed as a childless couple wanting to buy Rabina Ali (the little 9 year old girl in Slumdog Millionaire) Her dad reportedly tried to sell her for $300,000. I cannot imagine the greed in his heart!!! He did point out that he only made $4/day. He says it's not true that he had planned to sell her as he was just being polite to his guests & didn't really mean to sell her. Could you put your child up for sale??? What do you feel for this dad??? Do you believe him???
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29 responses
21 Apr 09
Hi LadyM, Yes that is very sad, I can never do that, as a childless couple ourselves, I couldn't buy someelses child like that as ther are so many children in the orohanage that I could adopt but I am too old for that and if I did have children I couldn't sell my children, so sad. Tamara
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
26 Apr 09
Now that more info has come out, it was journalists from the U.K. setting him up for a sting. They were only interested in recording him. He did not know that until later so it changes nothing that he did. I feel so sorry for this little girl!!! See the link in my comment just above to see what the director did to help this little girl & her siblings. The director must be a dayum good man!!!
7 Mar 10
Hi LadyM, thanks you so mucvh for giving me Best Response for this discussion, so this child was homeless, what happened to his parents then? had they just left him to fend for himself because he couldn't sell him in the end? I just don't understand. Thanks. Tamara
@dodo19 (32706)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
20 Apr 09
I really couldn't do that. It's just heartless, whether it is planned or not. I can understand that he needs the money, and if you don't make a lot of money, I can understand that some people will do almost anything to make a few extra dollars. But even so, if I were in his position, I don't think that I'd be able to take money in exchange for my child.
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
21 Apr 09
It is one of the most heartless things I have ever heard of!!! When you live in a country where you know you can't make much money, the men should keep their pcker in their pants & the women should keep their ankles crossed & their knees together. It is NOT the child's fault that the parents couldn't control themselves!!! I'm sure she made some money from the movie. He could have stolen some of it from her in order to give the family a better life. He didn't have to try & sell her!!! This just makes me want to SCREAM!!!!
• Israel
10 Apr 10
She got an apartment for doing the movie. She will get the title to it if she stays in school and finishes her education. In the meantime she lives in it with her family.
@deejean06 (1953)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Hi ladymarissa...When my son was first born he just wouldn't sleep. I told my husband I would have sold him for lint but of course I was only kidding. I am aware that there is a thriving market for children but I have no intention of becoming a party to it. As it is I work full time and only see my son during lunch each day. I miss him enough - I don't care how little money I made I couldn't sell him - he's part of me.
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
This dad knew he'd be raising his children in poverty, yet he had several. He wasn't concerned about their welfare while creating them!!!
@lawana_f (327)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Children are not for sale, and should not be used to make a profit. If I could not care for mine I could out of love find them a good home if there was no other choice. But I could never profit from a child. I feel that this Dad should be hung up by his toes and have is male parts removed that make children. I do not know how he could care for a child making 44.00 a day, but is sounds like something needs to happen, but it is not legal in most places to sell a child. (At least not in the USA) And no I do not believe him. I would not have been polite to my guest if they were trying to buy one of my children they would find themselves out on the street on their ear.
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
Had he been trying to find her a good home, I could drop it...but he wasn't. He was selling to the highest bidder!!!
21 Apr 09
I never could imagine selling any child, but then again it might be said that it is easy for me to say living a relatively comfortable life in the UK... if my life were very hard i might think differently. i still dont think i ever would even if i were very poor because i couldnt imagine not having any say in my child's life or getting to spend my life with them. the father in the story is now saying he didnt try to sell her and its all a lie,k but i dont know...
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
He wasn't worried about the poverty when he was creating her!!! I believed it might be a lie until I saw the film at 11:00. He was NOT worried about his child!!! He also claimed that he didn't understand the couple & just responded yes. That is a LIE. He was negotiating a price for his child!!!
@nanajanet (4436)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Of course not, although, whilst raising them, there were days that I might have rented them to get them out of my hair!! LOL The problem is that over there, with all the great poverty, some things are not considered as horrible there as here. Not to say that it is right, but I wonder how desperate I must be to sell my child? I could not and doubt, even in their shoes, that it would even be a consideration. All we can do is pray for them. I cannot believe that the movie made so much money and she got so little. I HOPE that he was joking but I cannot say nay or yay as only he knows.
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
From what I've read, she earned the equivalent of 2 years worth of the Dad's salary. Since then, the director has set up a fund to guarantee that all her siblings get to go to school & a trust fund for her & the little boy that played the early years. Here's the article describing what all the director has done to help the actors that live in poverty. The director obviously has a HUGE heart!!!
@mira91 (988)
• Singapore
21 Apr 09
OMG, if that was ever true, i can't imagine what kind of emotions would be stirred up in parents all over the world...I mean seriously, that's the worst kind of betrayal next to molesting/raping them..I COULD NEVER put up my child for sale EVER even if i were give one billion dollars...If you put yourself in the child's shoes, won't you feel terrified, and it'll be the biggest scar of her life. Well, i'm a little hesitant at whether i should believe him or not because reporters do tend to twist stories so it'll attract readers but that's not the point. If he did tried to sell his daughter, that'll be on his conscience, not mine..=\
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
That child must feel soooo freaking betrayed!!! She had earned twice what her dad had in 1/2 the time. Seems to me she had earned her place in that home!!!
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Good god no! I couldn't sell my child..I don't know what to believe but it would seem a lot more better if he kept her since she is going to maybe become a big star and she will be given a lot of money. Then if he had sold her he would have big regrets. I wonder where the mother was in this? I can see her thumping him over the head with a broom for even having or thinking thoughts such as that.
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
The Mom & dad are divorced. The natural Mom almost scratched the eyes out of the step Mom when she found out what happened. I wondered why she went after the step Mom instead of the dad!!!
@maxbest (97)
• China
21 Apr 09
It's weried.How can a parent do this? It's normal to adopt some children if their parents have no ability to raise them,but to sell children is totally betray the human moral.No matter how poor he is,he has to try his best to bring his daughter up.
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
26 Apr 09
That's the way I look at it. That precious little girl did not just show up in his life. He chose to create her. He knew when he did that it was likely they would be living in poverty & yet he chose to bring her & her siblings into this world.
@dlr297 (5386)
• United States
20 Apr 09
It is a real sad thing...I could never do something like that, no matter how bad things got
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
21 Apr 09
The couple offered him $75,000 but he said that wasn't enough. Then they upped the price to $300,000 & then it sounded as if he was considering it. I feel so sorry for this little girl!!! She's not old enough to think to offer her parents some moey from her earnings.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
20 Apr 09
I know when my kids were little and would be fussing and fighting I would say I was going to give them away. haha I would never think of selling a child no matter how badly I needed money. As for believing the dad? I have no idea what to think or believe but I wouldn't put anything past a person who is desperate.
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@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I can understand a temporary entertaining of the idea to give them away...to actually try & sell them is a completely different matter. This man knew when he created this child that there was a distinct likelihood that he'd never have any money. He's not devout in his religious beliefs as he's divorced. Maybe the stepmother no longer wanted the child & the dad was too freaking stubborn to give her back to her real Mother!!! He sounded very serious on the video & he didn't sound polite either!!! He could have just taken part of the money the child had made in the movie without trying to sell her!!!
@jd107nette (1456)
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
I don't really think that there's ever anyone who can really sell their kids.. But you know, those kinds of instances do happen in reality... Either they know for themselves that they could not afford to raise the kid, or they have a grave need for monetary resources... I do not know... But as much as possible, I think it's unreasonable to have a kid up for sale...
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
The daughter made more money in 2 months than the dad had in 2 years. The reporters were wrong in offering him money for the child. He was wrong in even thinking of selling her. If he couldn't afford her & the others, he should have kept his thing in his pants!!!
@Jae2619 (1484)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I think it's very cold hearted thing to say or do. Children are blessings. I have two of my own and though there are days where I could just scream and kick because they have pushed that last nerve, I would never sell my children or even joke about selling them. I think in this case, something is missing and it's little shady.
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
There is a LOT shady here!!! The journalists were wrong in setting him up just to get a sensational story. He was most definitely wrong to even think of selling her. She had made MORE money than he had. This whole thing was just plain WRONG!!!
• United States
21 Apr 09
I don't know all of the details, if he really meant to or was just being polite. I dont have any children but there was a point in my life when i was about 8 and my family was homeless, we had no money, not even $4 a day and I know that there would be no way in hell that my parents would sell me
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
Children definitely need to eat, but they need the love of their parents first & foremost!!!
• India
21 Apr 09
Reading an interview he gave to one of the local newspapers he said that the people who called him had spoken to him in English and since he doesn't understand English he answered to all their questions/ queries and such with a Yes. Now who would be able to hold that against him?? It's sad that people try to do this, but then again, if he was really trying to sell his daughter off, then he should be really ashamed of himself. bourne
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
He understood enough to know which hotel & what room to show up at. In the video, his English wasn't that bad. He knew how to ask for MORE money & didn't hesitate to do so!!!
• India
21 Apr 09
I can't imagine this thing at all. It is very disastrous thing which is reported by gournalist. I don't know what is truth behing that, but sometime reporters also do wrong thing.
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
The reporters were very wrong in what they did!!! However, that still does NOT excuse the dad for even thinking of selling his daughter. That is just SOOOO WRONG in so many different ways!!!
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
Money is a material thing. You can have it anywhere as long as you work hard. But a child is like me or us. Its just saying that you sell yourself when you sell your child. Its a sacred gift from God. It is just your second life.
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
27 Apr 09
A child will love & trust you whether you have money or not. Money will leave you whether you have children or not. Children are a very special gift!!!
@mymaria (379)
• Philippines
21 Apr 09
I cant take it if i will sale my baby just for the money, a baby is a gift not for the things you want that something makes you bad.
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
26 Apr 09
A baby is the MOST PRECIOUS gift on the face of the earth!!! They should be treated with love & respect at all times!!!
@pyewacket (44037)
• United States
21 Apr 09
Something definitely sounds a bit hokey to me here...LOL. I never heard of that "rule" to be polite to guests and accommodate some kind of request. Unfortunately, in many of the third world countries parents actually do sell their children and become something like slaves of labor. This kind of thing especially happens in many African countries and the parents are usually only offered a few hundred dollars for their child/children. Yikes I just came across this article about children in Ethiopia being sold for as little as $1.20 each! http://www.news24.com/News24/Africa/News/0,,2-11-1447_1819895,00.html (Warning: NOT a referral link but to an article about children being sold)
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
26 Apr 09
You know pye, I don't care if it's $0.25 or $25 billion, it's just plain WRONG!!!
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
21 Apr 09
I believe the dad tried to sell her. I've seen pictures of the abject poverty in the slums of India and other places and he probably thought that he was doing his daughter a favor and getting her out of there while helping the rest of his family. No, I would never sell one of my children! We would live in the woods and shoot game if we had to but I would never sell them. I will always provide for them even now that they are grown if they need me. They are the precious jewels of my life.
@LadyMarissa (12162)
• United States
26 Apr 09
She had earned enough to feed her family with her earnings from the movie. I just find this deplorable!!! Fortunately, the director has set up a fund for ALL her siblings to go to school & also a trust fund for this little girl. http://www.sundaymail.co.uk/tv-showbiz-news/entertainment-news/2009/01/18/slumdog-millionaire-director-sets-up-trust-fund-for-child-stars-78057-21049903/ I feel as if the dad knew he could not support children & he should have been responsible enough not to create them. If he was going to sell anyone, it should have been himself!!!