New La. law ups penalties for the sale of children
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal signed another piece of legislation Friday intended to make life tougher on people who profit off trafficking children.
The law introduces stricter penalties for anyone involved in the sale, transfer or arrangement of the exchange of a child to another person in exchange for money or any other form of compensation. The legislation is also expansive enough to include the exchange of children without monetary compensation and creates more strict penalties for individuals found guilty of "re-homing" of a child.
Re-homing is defined as the transfer of a child by a parent or guardian to the physical custody of a person not related by blood, without court approval, in order to avoid parental responsibility, according to a Jindal spokesperson.
"It is almost unthinkable, but these sales and transfers of children are actually happening in our state, and this new law will allow us to prosecute these heinous acts to the fullest extent of the law," said Gov. Jindal on Friday.
Violators of the new law can be sentenced to up to five years imprisonment and pay up to $5,000 in fines.
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