I'm watching an old episode of the TV show Law & Order, and just heard several of the lawyers in the DA's office state as fact that it is not illegal for a parent to sell their child (specifically: to a drug dealer to settle debts and obtain drug-credit).
That seems obviously false, but I'm skeptical that the writers would say something so obviously false. It makes me wonder if there's something I'm missing.
I would like to ask what is the truth. I'm not asking about the writers or the show, but about the actual laws that were in effect at the time and place depicted in the show: New York City in the '90s (my post would provide specifics).
Is that kind of question welcome here?