Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the draft bill on changes to the Criminal Code of Ukraine in the first reading. 237 out of 44 registered members of the parliament voted for it.

The draft bill proposes to introduce new articles into the Criminal Code: the article 149 “The Human Trafficking,” the article 303 “The Compulsion to Prostitute.”

According to new draft, the activity connected with all stages of human trafficking (the recruiting, transportation, transfer or receiving victims by compulsion, abuse of power or deceit) will be strictly punished by the state – 5-8 years of prison with the expropriation. The persons involved in child trafficking will be sentenced to 7-12 years in prison with the expropriation.

However, the draft bill submits for consideration the abrogation of criminal responsibility for the systematic prostitution.


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