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May 23, 2019

MP STRAHL PROMOTES CONSERVATIVE PLAN TO FIGHT HUMAN TRAFFICKING

CHILLIWACK – Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack—Hope, is promoting the next step in the Conservative plan for A Safer Canada. A Conservative government, led by Prime Minister Andrew Scheer, will take a stand to protect vulnerable members of our society and keep human traffickers off our streets.

“Across Canada, from small towns to big cities, we’re seeing a concerning and disturbing rise in human trafficking,” stated MP Strahl. “Of course, many of the victims are children. Preying on society’s most vulnerable is truly despicable.”

The Toronto Police have referred to human trafficking in Canada as “an epidemic,” with over 1,000 cases in the past five years. 72% of victims are under the age of 25, and a quarter under 18. Indigenous Canadians are also disproportionately victimized, making up at least half of all human trafficking victims.

The current Liberal government has failed to combat human trafficking. For the last three and a half years, human traffickers have received the message that fighting their heinous crimes isn’t a priority. This Liberal government also inexplicably cancelled the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, which was created by the previous Conservative government.

The Conservative plan to combat human trafficking includes:

  • 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 and help our justice system secure convictions
  • ensuring that human traffickers receive consecutive sentences for their crimes
  • ending automatic bail for those charged with human trafficking offences

“Conservatives have a strong plan to put survivors first and keep human traffickers off our streets,” concluded MP Strahl. “It’s time to take swift action to end human trafficking for good and equip organizations with the resources they need to rescue and protect survivors.”

For more information, please see the video announcement on Andrew Scheer’s Facebook page.