Mum, 22, arrested on child trafficking charges after 'trying to sell her kids on Facebook for $5,000' 13 Mar 2013 12:17
Misty VanHorn allegedly wanted $1,000 for her 10-month-old and $4,000 for her two-year-old to pay her boyfriend's bail
Arrested: Misty VanHorn is accused of child trafficking
A young mum has been arrested of suspicion of child trafficking after allegedly trying to sell her kids for $5,000 on Facebook.
Misty VanHorn, 22, allegedly contacted a potential buyer via the social networking site, asking for $1,000 for her 10-month-old and $4,000 for her two-year-old
Police say the mum-of-two, from Sallisaw, Oklahoma, wanted the cash to pay bail for her boyfriend who was in jail.
She allegedly told the buyer on Facebook: “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.”
For sale: VanHorn wanted $5,000 for her children Facebook
Caught: The Facebook buyer alerted police
The unidentified female buyer, in Fort Smith, in neighbouring Arkansas, contacted the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, who alerted Sallisaw Police.
VanHorn was arrested on suspicion of trafficking children and is currently being held in Sequoyah County Jail, with her bail set at $40,000.
Her two children were placed into the care of the DHS, police said.
Neighbours told reporters that VanHorn had been trying to raise $1,000 to bail her boyfriend out of prison.
Local resident Tony Mosby said: “She was going door to door, here to all the way across town asking everybody for money to get him out.”
It is not known what offence he was being held on.
Misty VanHorn: Mum tried to sell children on Facebook arrested on child trafficking charges - Mirror Online