CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Selling a child would be a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison under legislation going to the governor for his consideration.
The full Senate unanimously approved the bill Thursday, the final legislative hurdle needed for passage.
Under the bill, parents could pay reasonable court fees, legal fees and medical fees related to adoption and expenses for a surrogate mother. But the bill aims to prevent parents or guardians from seeking money, property, services or other goods in exchange for their child. Anyone who accepts money, property, goods or services in exchange for providing a child also would face felony charges.
A related human trafficking bill will go before the Senate for a final vote Friday. It addresses the enslaving of two or more children or adults.