True Story: There's a Game Show That's Giving Away Babies

A game show in Pakistan is giving away abandoned babies to childless parents on TV. Is this helpful charity or a new low?

There are few taboos for reality TV to break but a new one has been found in a surprising place: Pakistan.

In Karachi, 8 to 10 bodies of newborn babies, usually girls, are found abandoned in the trash each month, according to NBC News. Now a TV show is giving the few abandoned babies found alive to adoptive parents on national TV. Aamir Liaquat Hussain is the biggest name in Pakistani television, and his game show, “Aman Ramadan,” plays for 14 hours a day during Ramadan. The babies have been a ratings bonanza.

"It's not a prize, it's not a game show, it's real charity," he told NBC News. "Giving away is the wrong word. We actually hand over children to needy parents." Babes are handed out along with other big prizes like cars, appliances and cell phones. However, this is no “You win a baby, and you win a baby and you win a baby!” Only three newborns have been given away on the show so far.

While there’s no denying the ick factor of handing out babies alongside washer/dryers, local charity workers have agreed to supply the rescued babies because the uber-popular show is raising awareness about these abandoned children, as well as easing the stigma of adoption. The parents-to-be are thoroughly vetted and aware of the peculiarly public setting for their adoption.

With the increased publicity, cribs have been set up around the city in the hopes that parents who can’t care for a baby will leave them there safely, giving them a chance at a new life.

Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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