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Cardinale Bill to Protect People, Families From Predatory Alienation Passes Senate Panel

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Legislation sponsored by Sen. Gerald Cardinale (R-Bergen, Passaic) to study the malicious practice of predatory alienation was advanced by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

Sen. Cardinale’s bill to study the malicious practice of predatory alienation was passed by a Senate panel. (©iStock)

“These deceptive individuals do whatever they can to scam people out of their hard-earned money and even inflict physical pain,” Senator Cardinale said. “They target young people, as well as seniors, in order to isolate them from their loved ones so they can con or otherwise exploit them.”

The legislation, S-2562, directs the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Human Services to conduct a joint study and make recommendations concerning predatory alienation and its effects on young adults and senior citizens. Predatory alienation is the act purposefully disrupting an existing relationship, often through the use of deception, in order to isolate a person from the people that he or she trusts, for the purpose of exploiting, controlling, or taking advantage of that individual.

The study would focus on things like how online predators, human traffickers and other con artists use predatory tactics to isolate others from their families and friends. It will make specific note of why young adults and seniors are vulnerable to predatory alienation and research what they can do to protect themselves.

“This deceptive practice has the ability to tear even the most loving of families apart,” Senator Cardinale said. “If we can obtain a better understanding of how these manipulative predators work, we can formulate a plan to fight against them.”

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