Members of the parliament propose to license the activity of dating and marriage agencies. MP Volodymyr Kaplienko (Reforms for future) presented the amendments to the draft bill on fighting human trafficking, passed in its first reading.

According to him, the draft bill provides for obligatory licensing of activity connected with collection and distribution of personal information about people for dating or marriage, including through internet. The draft bill also provides for administrative legal responsibility for collection and distribution of personal information about people for dating or marriage without a license.

Kaplienko noted that according to UN official data 500 thousand Ukrainians are forced to stay abroad, including women for sex-industry and men for construction works.

"People are going abroad to find better life, but Ukrainian legislation does not have preventive measures to protect these people from criminal organizations, involved into human trafficking," Kaplienko said.

President of the All-Ukrainian association of dating clubs Egeniy Lavrik said that his organization supports the draft bill, because sometimes illegal groups involved into human trafficking pretend to be dating or marriage agencies. "Image of the association members is dropping because of such crime organizations," Lavrik said.

Interior Ministry representative Serhiy Kropiva said in his turn that the adoption of such law will enable the law enforcement bodies to conduct more exact control over the activity of dating and marriage agencies. "Citizens will be able to apply to marriage agencies or internet clubs not fearing negative consequences," he said.
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