Feeds

Need an African slave? Try eBay

Low Priced! Big selection!

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Business security measures using SSL

Absolute proof that eBay really is the world's marketplace comes with the revelation that the online auction site has branched out into the African slave trade.

This outrage was discovered by a Google Group member who typed "African Slave" into Google, and was shocked to find this irresistable offer:

Oops

Oh dear, oh dear. Of course, the link directs wannabe plantation owners to nothing more sinister than a few African slavery-related items including books and engravings. As one poster notes: "It does not look like a joke, rather than overzealous ebay putting too many keywords."

Quite so. Nonetheless, eBay must as a matter of some urgency address this matter and either a) change the wording of their link, or b) actually acquire a big selection of low-priced African slaves, since to offer non-existent merchandise is clearly a serious breach of its own usage policy, not to mention several local and international laws. ®

Bootnote

Ta very much to all those readers who have written to note that "the letters 'aff' after the advert signify that this is not an eBay advert but a company making revenue from eBays affiliate scheme".

We will, as suggested, direct our outrage at the real perpetrators of this trade in human misery.

Related stories

For Sale: Absolutely Nothing
eBay scammer indicted for $66k fraud
eBayer bids $20k for Texas snowball

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights
Don't doodle, it might cost you your flight
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.