For a single expectant mother, preparing for a baby can be expensive and time-consuming. Some women look for a side hustle that will generate much-needed income. For some pregnant women, the income is being generated by urine. There is a surprising number of ads appearing on Craigslist across the country for “Positive Pregnancy Tests.” One ad from Craigslist-Atlanta reads, “I am currently expecting. I don’t care what you need it for. I won’t ask questions and will ship to you for free after $25 payment has cleared my PayPal account.”
Another ad in the Jonesboro, Georgia area reads, “Very self-explanatory. I am providing a product in which the consumer is able to purchase positive pregnancy tests or urine for your own use. Whether you are using it for your own amusement such as a prank, or to blackmail the CEO of Apple who you are having an affair with, I don’t care at all. This is an absolutely no questions asked type of deal. Tell me what you need and I will provide it for monetary exchange. Do not contact me if you are going to be cheap or difficult. Located in the Jonesboro area. Pregnancy Tests – $25/Urine – $30.”
In some cases, a person is told to meet with the pregnant woman outside a drugstore where a pregnancy test is purchased. She will then use the restroom and come back with a positive test as the money is exchanged. These tests can also be found in other places online such as eBay and Amazon and often are listed as being a prank item. But the option to use a pregnancy test for other nefarious purposes can’t be ruled out. It is not illegal to sell a pregnancy test and the money can be lucrative for some. One woman told a media outlet in the Jacksonville, Florida area that she can make as much as $200 a week just by doing something she has to do, urinating.