DAVIS FILES BILL TO PROTECT MISSISSIPPI’S CHILDREN

Today State Senator Doug Davis (R-Hernando) pre-filed legislation making the sale of babies in Mississippi illegal. If passed, the new law would mean any one convicted of ‘baby-selling’ would be fined up to $20,000 and sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison.

“It is important we protect the most vulnerable in our society, and this legislation does just that,” Davis said. “I can not imagine anyone wanting to sell a child, but people who engage in this type of activity should face stiff penalties.”

In August, a Yalobusha County woman was caught attempting sell a child in exchange for $2,000 and a vehicle. Because there currently is no state law forbidding the sale of children, local authorities could only charge the woman with child neglect.

This legislation will be considered during the 2009 legislative session. The Mississippi State Senate convenes at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Jackson, Miss.

MS State Senate Press Release
12/18/8