No person may be convicted of trafficking in children unless the State has proved beyond a reasonable doubt each element of the crime. These elements are:

First, [Name of Defendant] knowingly accepted/solicited/offered/paid/ transferred any compensation in money/property/(anything of value);

Second, in connection with the (acquisition/transfer of the legal/physical custody)/adoption of a minor child.


Statutory Authority: 21 O.S. 2011, § 866(A)(1)(a); 10 O.S. Supp. 2019, § 7505-3.2.

Notes on Use

This Instruction covers the crime of trafficking in children as set forth in 21 O.S. 2011, § 866(A)(1)(a). The statute provides exceptions for certain costs and expenses, and OUJI-CR 4-58A-1 covers these costs and expenses as an affirmative defense to the crime.

Committee Comments

Although the publisher of the Oklahoma Statutes added the heading for 21 O.S. 2011, § 866 "Elements of offense", the Oklahoma Session Laws do not include this heading, and it is not part of Oklahoma law. See Fairchild v. State, 1999 OK CR 49, ¶ 60, 998 P.2d 611, 624 (publisher's heading has no legal significance because it is not part of the statute); Hall v. State, 1957 OK CR 56, ¶ 5, 312 P.2d 981, 983-84 (titles or headings added by publisher after enactment for index purposes or identification are not in the law itself).

(2019 Supp.)