Byline: Nellie Bly; 1889-10-06; New York World; pages 9
"I bought a baby last week, to learn how baby slaves are bought and sold in the city of New York. Think of it! An immortal soul bartered for $10! Fathers-mothers-ministers-missionaries, I bought an immortal soul last week for $10! . . . "
Description:Bly's four-column feature report on the baby-buying trade in New York, including the statement of one woman who claimed to have sold one of the babies bought by Eva Hamilton, who had just begun serving time for atrocious assault and battery in Trenton Penitentiary. For her story, Bly posed as a would-be mother wanting to buy a child and found in at least four locations that she could buy a newborn from a broker for anywhere from ten to twenty-five dollars with no questions asked.
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