Selling or buying a child, bypassing the adoption procedure, could be punishable by up to 7 years in prison

The sale or purchase of a child, bypassing the adoption procedure, is punishable by imprisonment from 2 to 7 years, according to a project initiated by USR PLUS parliamentarians, adopted by the Senate on Tuesday.

The project regulates the completion of Law no. 273/2004 on the adoption procedure, in the sense of criminalizing the deed of the parent or legal representative of a child claiming money or material benefits “in order to establish between the child and third parties similar ties between parents and children, without resorting to the standard adoption procedure “, the explanatory memorandum states.

“The act of the parent or legal representative of a child who, directly or indirectly, for himself or another, receives or claims money or other material benefits, in order to establish between the child and third parties similar ties between parents and children, by Bypassing the adoption procedure, he is punished with imprisonment from 2 to 7 years and with the prohibition of exercising certain rights. The same punishment is sanctioned for offering or giving money or other materials or other benefits “, according to the initiator, quoted by Agerpres.

An accepted amendment also provides for deprivation of liberty for intermediaries.

“The act of the person who, without right, mediates the establishment between a person and the respective child of a similar relationship between parents and children, in order to obtain material benefits, is punishable by imprisonment from one to 5 years,” the amendment states.

“The Romanian state has a moral and legal duty to take all necessary steps to ensure that the fundamental rights of the child are respected. (the right to establish and maintain one’s identity, the right to a name, the right to acquire a citizenship and to know one’s parents and to be cared for, raised and educated by them, the right to retain one’s citizenship, name and relations the right to maintain personal relations and direct contact with parents, relatives, the right to know and maintain In the European Union, the phenomenon of selling children is being criminalized “, the initiator also underlines in the explanatory memorandum.

The Senate is the first forum notified.

Publisher: AP

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