Open discussion with experts on the topic: "Surrogate motherhood and child trafficking"
On December 24, an open discussion with experts took place on the topic: "Surrogate motherhood and child trafficking."
In Ukraine, surrogate motherhood is a legally permitted assisted reproductive technology for certain categories of parents, including non-residents of Ukraine.
At the same time, there is no law on surrogate motherhood in Ukraine, just as there is no definition of the term "surrogate motherhood" in Ukrainian legislation.
How can this problem be identified and what are its indicators?
What are the main ways to combat child trafficking today?
What should you pay attention to?
Who is the victim in this situation?
What happens to victims of child trafficking in the future?
What steps should be taken?
These and other questions, more about child trafficking with the use of reproductive technology and surrogate motherhood, were discussed during an open discussion with the participation of Government Commissioner for Gender Policy, the deputy head of the department for crimes related to human trafficking, and the director of legal support of the NGO "La Strada-Ukraine" Maryna Legenkoi, representatives of state structures, public and international organizations, mass media.
Among the proposals regarding the response to the existing risks, the participants of the discussion voiced the following proposals: The need to improve the legislation that regulates these issues; the need for the introduction of independent DNA genetic examination centers in the case of the use of this reproductive technology and wines, mandatory insurance of surrogate mothers, and in general - submitting for general discussion the issue of strengthening control over the regulation of the use of reproductive technology surrogate motherhood or its complete ban in the country, advantages and the risks of both ways, etc.
As the participants of the discussion noted - "There were many questions before the start of the discussion, and after it there were even more." And this really testifies to the relevance of the problem, its latency and taboo nature, and definitely the need to continue activities related to its solution.
The event took place within the framework of the project: "Advocacy to improve the state response and anti-trafficking policy" with the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway.