The Brazilian government has ordered an internet site to remove an advertisement in which a Brazilian man offered to sell his wife for 100 reals, or £25.
The Secretariat of Public Policies for Women ordered the suspension of the ad and issued a warning to the Free Market website for violating a law that bans the offer or sale of “human organs, people, blood, bones or skin,” the agency said on its website.
The ad, first placed in April, said: “I sell my wife for reasons I prefer to keep short … I really need the money,” the secretariat said.
Brazilian media said the man 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.”
The Estado news agency said it wasn’t clear whether the couple agreed to place the ad or if it was a joke.
It wasn’t removed sooner because of the large number of products offered on the site – nearly 1 million, Estado said.