Citizens Against Dating Discrimination (CADD), Believe that International Marriage Broker Act (IMBRA) 2005 Fails to Protect Immigrant Women From Abuse by Exempting Larger Online Dating Sites From Having to Comply with IMBRA 2005

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CADD says that U.S. Representatives have ignored the small online dating international business owner’s concerns for protecting immigrant women from abuse and at the same time invades a male’s individual rights to privacy.

The law’s stiff penalties are either scaring the small mom and pop sites out of business or the requirement to comply is so unreasonable that they find themselves at a major business disadvantage compared to larger exempted corporate sites.

Citizens Against Dating Discrimination (CADD) was started by small U.S. international online dating Webmasters realizing that International Marriage Broker Act (IMBRA) 2005's intent to protect immigrant women from abuse was pointless. The small U.S. international dating site now has to compete against larger dating sites that have an unfair marketing and business advantage because of exemptions written into the law. IMBRA 2005 states those dating sites whose primary focus is not international dating are exempt from the law’s compliance. Yahoo meets this exemption criterion along with many other large corporate dating sites from having to comply with IMBRA 2005 to protect immigrant women from abuse.

As one CADD member stated:

“Even if only 10% of Yahoo focus is international dating that 10% is hundreds if not thousands more members a month then many of the small U.S. international dating sites combined. A lady is just as likely to meet an abusive male at Yahoo then a smaller international site”

CADD’s stance is that a business’s primary focus based on percentages can be misleading when huge corporate sites’ membership base can be thousands times larger then a smaller international dating site. This is why CADD members question the law’s intent to protect immigrant women from abuse.

Another CADD member had this to say:

“The law’s stiff penalties are either scaring the small mom and pop sites out of business or the requirement to comply is so unreasonable that they find themselves at a major business disadvantage compared to larger exempted corporate sites.”

Male members who belong to a U.S. International dating site are required by IMBRA 2005 to disclose very personal background information at the introduction stage of a relationship. CADD members are all for the disclosure, they only take exception to when this disclosure has to take place.

One male member who belongs to a small international dating site said:

“When I see a lady on an international dating site that I want to say Hi to, I have to disclose very personal background information. This would be equivalent to me going to my local bar and before I can say Hi to a lady, I have to disclose very personal information”

CADD states that the appropriate time to disclose personal background information, is when a male member petitions to marry an immigrant lady. The disclosure could be forwarded to the U.S. embassy of the immigrant lady’s country along with all required paperwork. When the immigrant lady reads the disclosure, she could reject the petition for marriage and still be safe in her country. This also decreases the chances that a male member’s background information will be used by an unethical lady since the gentleman and lady went beyond the introduction stage of a relationship and decided to marry.

As another CADD member said:

“Most guys will say hi to 20 to 30 ladies before they meet the one that is right for them. The law is asking these guys to disclosure their background information to all 20 or 30 ladies before he gets to know her. If the lady is less then honorable she could use this information to try to get money from the guy by threatening that she will disclose this information throughout the internet.”

With IMBRA becoming effective on March 6, 2006, CADD members are prepared to comply with the law as best as they can. However, CADD members’ biggest concern is the law’s broad definition that gives the law biased discretion to penalize the small international dating site as they see fit. Yet, the larger exempted corporate sites can continue business as is without this fear.

In summary, CADD’s position is that IMBRA does not accomplish the law’s intent of protecting women from abuse by allowing exemptions for larger dating sites and at the same time it invades a male’s privacy by imposing a requirement to disclose personal background information at the inappropriate time in a relationship.

A lady from the Philippines who is married to an International Webmaster had this to say:

“The first time one of my sisters is killed by an abusive male member who belongs to one of the exempted sites allowed by law, lawmakers should be held accountable for providing a safe haven for men who can escape disclosing their criminal record by joining one of the exempted dating sites.”

Citizens Against Dating Discrimination (CADD) website: http://www.online-dating-rights.com. CADD invites all to join in the discussion about our Online Dating Rights.

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