ORS 163.537¹
Buying or selling a person under 18 years of age

(1) A person commits the crime of buying or selling a person under 18 years of age if the person buys, sells, barters, trades or offers to buy or sell the legal or physical custody of a person under 18 years of age.

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not:

(a) Prohibit a person in the process of adopting a child from paying the fees, costs and expenses related to the adoption as allowed in ORS 109.311 (Financial disclosure statement to be filed with petition).

(b) Prohibit a negotiated satisfaction of child support arrearages or other settlement in favor of a parent of a child in exchange for consent of the parent to the adoption of the child by the current spouse of the child’s other parent.

(c) Apply to fees for services charged by the Department of Human Services or adoption agencies licensed under ORS 412.001 (Definitions) to 412.161 (Policy on two-parent families) and 412.991 (Criminal penalties) and ORS chapter 418.

(d) Apply to fees for services in an adoption pursuant to a surrogacy agreement.

(e) Prohibit discussion or settlement of disputed issues between parties in a domestic relations proceeding.

(3) Buying or selling a person under 18 years of age is a Class B felony. [1997 c.561 §2]

Law Review Cita­tions

51 WLR 459 (2015)

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 428 (1972)

Chapter 163

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 163—Offenses Against Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 163, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
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