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Wife for sale?

The Brazilian Government has ordered an Internet auction site to remove an ad which a man offered to sell his wife for $50.

Mercado Liyre, partially owned by eBay, was ordered to remove the ad by the Secretariat of Public Policies for Women on Friday, CNN.com said. They said the ad was violating a law banning the offer or sale of human organs, people, blood, bones or skin.

CNN.com said the ad was not longer on the website on Saturday.

The Estado news agency said it was not clear if the ad was a joke.

According to CNN, the man who posted the ad said: “I sell my wife for reasons I prefer to keep short…I really need the money.?

The ad went on to describe the wife physically and listed her qualities as homemaker and companion, CNN said.