DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladeshi woman desperate for money after she was abandoned by her husband has offered to sell one of her eyes.

  "I desperately looked for a job to live with my two-and-half-year-old daughter, Meem. But I could not find any ... and decided to sell one of my eyes." the woman, 26-year-old Shefali Begum, told Reuters Thursday at her slum dwelling in Dhaka.

  Bangladeshi men have been known to advertise their kidneys for sale to generate cash, but Shefali is the first woman in the country known to advertise an eye.

  She did not set a price in a newspaper advertisement she placed, but said she hoped to get enough to set up business as a street vendor or toy seller.

  "No one has contacted me yet. Maybe they didn’t believe me and thought I was making a sort of fun but I am serious," she said.

  Nearly half of Bangladesh’s more than 130 million people live in poverty, unable to get two meals a day. Abandoned or widowed mothers are at the bottom of the economic heap.

  Bangladeshi law prohibits sale of human organ but allows donations to save lives, officials said. Donations outside a family often carried a price tag, they acknowledged.

  辅助阅读:

  一名被丈夫遗弃的孟加拉妇女因金钱上的困扰而声称出售自己的一只眼睛。

  住在达卡的26岁的 Shefali Begum本周四对路透社记者说:“我迫切需要找到一份工作来养活两岁半的女儿。但我找不到任何工作,于是决定出售自己的一只眼睛。”

  据悉,很多孟加拉人为了拿到钱不惜卖掉自己的孩子。Shefali是人们所知道的这个国家中第一个为了女儿而出售自己的眼睛的妇女。

  她在报纸上打的广告中并未注明价格。但她说,希望能够拿到尽可能多的钱,用这笔钱来摆地摊做生意或卖玩具。

  她说:“到目前为止,还没有买主与我联系。或许他们不相信我,认为我是在开玩笑。但我确实是认真的。”

  孟加拉有130,000,000多人口,其中有近一半处于贫困之中,一天吃不上两顿饭。被抛弃或寡居的妇女在经济上更是生活在最底层。

  孟加拉法律禁止出售人体器官,但允许捐赠人体器官来拯救生命。政府认可,给家庭成员以外的人捐赠器官可以标价。