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Houses OKs bill to hike penalties for selling infants

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Legislation to increase penalties for the crime of selling an infant has passed the state House of Representatives.

House Bill 2088 increases the penalty for selling an infant from a misdemeanor of the first degree to a felony of the first degree punishable with 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware), said his legislation brings the crime of selling an infant more in line with human trafficking, which also is graded as a felony, but because human trafficking requires the person be used for forced labor or services, infants did not fall under the human trafficking law.

The bill now moves to the Senate for a vote.


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