May 22, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AYLMER, ON - The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, today announced his plan to protect vulnerable people by combatting human trafficking.
Scheer’s plan builds on the previous Conservative government’s National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, a plan that Justin Trudeau’s government callously cancelled.
“For the last three and a half years, human traffickers have received the message that fighting their crimes is not a priority,” Scheer said. “A Conservative government under my leadership will ensure that prosecutors have the strongest laws behind them to keep human traffickers off our streets and away from survivors and those they seek to harm.”
Currently, 95% of those being trafficked are women, and more than a quarter of victims are under the age of 18. Indigenous Canadians are disproportionately impacted, representing half of all victims, despite being only 4% of Canada’s population.
“Human trafficking exploits the most vulnerable populations in Canada. These horrifying statistics represent real people whose lives have been torn apart,” said Scheer. “Every victim deserves justice and our support and protection.”
The four proposals announced today include:
• Renewing the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking
• Updating the Criminal Code to reflect the international definition of human trafficking in the Palermo Protocol
• Ensuring that human traffickers receive consecutive sentences for their crimes
• Ending automatic bail for those charged with human trafficking offences.
“Canadians deserve to feel safe where they live and to know that their government takes heinous crimes seriously,” Scheer said. “A Conservative government will deal swiftly and firmly with human trafficking as part of our overall plan for A Safer Canada.”
Audio files from today’s announcement are available [here].
Video files from today’s announcement are available [here].
Images from today’s announcement are available [here].
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