The government has ordered an Internet auction site to remove an advertisement in which a Brazilian man offered to sell his wife for about $50.
The Secretariat of Public Policies for Women announced late Friday it had ordered Mercado Livre, partially owned by eBay Inc. to remove the ad and warned it was violating a law banning the offer or sale of “human organs, people, blood, bones or skin.”
The advertisement was no longer visible on the site Saturday.
It was posted by a man who gave his name as Breno and said: “I sell my wife for reasons I prefer to keep short … I really need the money.”
The described his wife physically and listed her qualities as a homemaker and companion. He reportedly said she was 35 and “worth her weight in gold.”