Facebook is used for a million and one things these days, from online flirting to games and– child trafficking!
Are you shocked? So am I. But desperate Misty VanHorn, 22, ‘tried to sell her two young children for $4,000 to pay her boyfriend’s bail’.
Misty VanHorn, a 22-year old mother of two in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, found that out the hard way over the weekend.
Desperate for money, Misty VanHorn from Oklahoma decided to list her two children on Facebook for $4,000. The 22-year-old mother was arrested Saturday for alleged trafficking of minors through social media, having put her 10-month-old and her 2-year-old up for sale on the site, reports Mashable.
VanHorn reportedly offered the kids up for sale more than once, offering her innocent 10-month-old girl for $1000. Alternatively, you could buy a package deal which included both kids for $4000, where she actually had someone interested. VanHorn was dealing with a woman in Fort Smith, Ark., according to The Oklahoman. Because she was dealing across the state line from her home in Sallisaw, she might be charged with a federal crime.
VanHorn was taken into custody Wednesday after the Arkansas woman, to whom VanHorn made the offer, contacted the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
VanHorn is being held at Sequoyah County jail on $40,000 bond. Since her booking on the charge of trafficking minors, both of VanHorn’s kids have been taken into state custody.
Her Facebook message to the Fort Smith-based woman said: Just come to Sallisaw, it’s only 30 minutes away and I’ll give you all of her stuff and let y’all have her forever for $1,000. Why was VanHorn trying to sell her children? She wanted the $1000 to bail her boyfriend out of jail, where ironically she’s being held on a $40,000 bail. Her kids are now in the custody of the state’s department of human services, who alerted the police in the first place.