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S. 1164 (116th): Keeping Infants Domestically Safe Act of 2019

About the bill

Apparently some forms of child selling are still legal under federal law.


It is illegal under federal law to provide or facilitate child prostitution. However, a loophole still allows the sale of a child for non-sexual purposes, such as financial gain or black market adoptions.

News stories of the sort include a Mississippi woman who tried selling her two-week-old grandson for $2,000 and a car, and a Texas woman who sold her 7-year-old son for $2,500 to pay off drug debts.

Although some states have criminalized all forms of child sales, such a blanket ban does not currently exist under federal law.

What the bill does

The Keeping Infants Domestically Safe (KIDS) Act would criminalize the selling of minors for any reason — not just for …

Sponsor and status

Cindy Hyde-Smith

Sponsor. Senator for Mississippi. Republican.

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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Apr 11, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on April 11, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


4 Cosponsors (4 Republicans)



Apr 11, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1164 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1164. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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