The nominations for 2007’s “Piss Poor Parenting” Award are officially open with news from Pakistan of a man who sold his 10-year-old daughter for $500 in order to pay for his eye surgery. The deal called for the daughter to be handed over to her new owner as soon as she reached puberty. While police are investigating the case and the man may face up to one year in prison, apparently this practice is quite common in rural parts of Pakistan, where men routinely sell or trade their daughters in order to pay off debts or settle disputes. (Reuters)

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