A horrific discovery revealed looted human remains and skulls are being sold on Facebook’s black market, including a six-year-old mummified child.
An undercover reporter for Livescience joined a private group on Facebook where a whole world of online sales of human remains were discovered.
Despite a Facebook policy banning the “buying and selling of human body parts or fluids” – these groups have found a loophole through the private feature.
In one sickening post, a collector put up an alleged skull for sale in a group for $ 550.
The American collector had looted the skull from Tunisia while visiting the Sousse catacombs, he claimed.
Sousse catacombs is one of the oldest Christian burial grounds in the world.
The Washington based seller described the skull with a “very dark ancient patina” – according to Livescience.
Tanya Marsh, an expert in cemetery and funeral law at Wake Forest School of Law in North Carolina said: “There is no law in any state which grants permission or acknowledges that it is legal to sell human remains.
“On the contrary, it is expressly illegal in a number of states.
Livescience also reported the remains of infants and children are popular in such Facebook groups.
Among the weird listings, foetal remains were said to be sold in jars of liquid with one tiny foetus priced at $ 2,350.
One buyer was even looking for “children’s skeletal pieces or organs.”
A user also claimed to be selling a mummified six-year-old child who died in the 1700s for 11,000 euros, with another selling the skull of a “young teenager who’s wisdom teeth were not protruding yet” for $ 1,000.
According to expert Marsh, the United States does not permit the sale or possession of human foetuses.
Although the law exists, it is rarely enforced according to Rick St. Hilaire.
He said: “This area is not one that would attract mainstream attention among law enforcement.”
It is unclear why buyers purchase human remains, but some members appear to be purchasing to display in their homes.