Farmer's Market or Carrboro Baby Market?
The Carrboro News received
the following tip from a concerned resident so we decided to investigate
for ourselves....The Saturday Farmer's Market is secretly harboring
a baby market. Some might go so far as to say that babies are being
sold on the black market on the premises, but participants would
probably prefer to call it a green market, since in most cases the
babies are organically farmed. When you see a person pushing a stroller,
taking up practically the whole aisle to stop and have a long conversation
with someone, you might just think that it's two people bumping
into each other and catching up on the latest news, but the sinister
truth is that this is how the baby market transactions take shape.
Yeah, you were wondering why it was necessary for so many people
to bring the strollers into the crowded aisles. I was wondering,
Sensing that this was
an important story The Carrboro News sent the full staff out to
investigate. We saw a lot of activity that could be called "suspicious",
but were unable to confirm that there is a baby market operating
within The Carrboro Farmer's Market. We spoke to many parents but
none of them admitted to selling their babies(and The Carrboro News
is not sure if there is anything wrong with selling your baby, if
you do it with your own free will and are not under an financial
duress). But we have to admit, since this was all new to us we were
unsure of what approach to take, we tried asking directly if a baby
was for sale but got no positive responses, then we tried another
approach and asked if the baby was sold by the pound or at a bulk
price- and still no positive responses.
Se here are our photos
for you to review. You may want to investigate this yourself, but
in order to make yourself inconspicuous you'll want to purchase
some vegetables as you walk through the market. We spent 5 hours
investigating and ended up with 63 pounds of zucchini, 23 pounds
of tomatoes and a 3 40-pound watermelons.
appears to be some sort of holding area for children that have
been sold. Notice high ratio of children to adult. The man in
the orange shirt in the background appears to be some sort of
guard or lookout.
was very suspicious. Children belong in strollers and carriages.
A wagon is for transporting your wares to or from market. The
trailer may be an indication that the two must be purchased
as a set.
couple is obviously new at the market(most couples usually frequent
the market during pregnancy to become comfortable in the environment).
This couple is very rigid and seems to be looking too intently
in one direction, as if they are looking out for police officers.
Being too uptight seems to scare off buyers.
seem to indicate a buyer. The man on the left appears to have
purchased one baby while the woman in the foreground is in the
market and seems to be carefully inspecting the child(Probably
for sun damage). The man in the red shirt may be attempting
to purchase the baby from the buyer. Often a baby is sold more
than once in a day by a "day trader". This is can
be a very lucrative way of working the market, but risky, as
the longer you hold onto the baby, the greater the chance of
a dirty diaper, which will lessen it's value considerably.