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S. 1164: Keeping Infants Domestically Safe Act of 2019

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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 sexual exploitation ...

Sponsor and status

Cindy Hyde-Smith

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Mississippi. Republican.

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

Introduced on Apr 11, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 11, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Apr 11, 2019

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S. 1164 is 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.

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