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You Can’t Sell Your Children in Florida…the Most Obvious Law Ever

December 20, 2014

Parenthood is hard. After months or years of sleepless nights, some parents may daydream about the disappearance of their children. New parents might casually joke about selling their children on the black market and fetching enough money for a lengthy jaunt to Barbados. Unfortunately for these enterprising parents, selling children is illegal.

Though selling children is already illegal under federal law, Florida lawmakers felt the need to include it in the state’s statues as well. It’s a good thing they did! Otherwise, parents would probably sell their children all the time! Florida would likely be peppered with child department stores and drive-thru child dispensaries. The shopping channel would have late night infomercials that offer three children for the price of one if you call in the next seven minutes! Except—wait a minute—selling children is already a federal crime. Never mind—none of that would happen.

Like most parents, you love your children unconditionally. Though they may throw tantrums, get in trouble at school, and refuse to eat their vegetables, they’re still the most precious things in the world to you. You may find the existence of such a common-sense law insulting or at least baffling—especially since there’s already a federal law that says almost exactly the same thing.

This is one of those laws that seems obvious and unnecessary at first glance; however, Florida’s probably better off with this law on the books. When parenting gets tough, parents need to know that there’s no loophole when it comes to selling children—even if they’re being very unruly.

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This article is part of a collection of The Most Ridiculous Laws in the United States! Some of these laws are downright hard to believe. Do you know what might be illegal in your state?