2nd Session, 41st Parliament,

Volume 149, Issue 23

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Honourable Noël A. Kinsella, Speaker

Public Safety

Trafficking of Children

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: My question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Leader, what is this government doing to fight against the trafficking of children in Canada?

Hon. Claude Carignan (Leader of the Government): Thank you for your question, Senator Jaffer. I also thank you for sending it in advance, which allows me to give more specific answers.

Our government recognizes that human trafficking is a despicable crime. Our government has taken real action on this matter, such as helping implement mandatory minimum sentences for people convicted of trafficking of children, and supporting the RCMP in its “Blue Blindfold” campaign to raise public awareness.

However, much remains to be done. That is why we are committed to providing significant resources to fight against this terrible crime, including implementing a national action plan to combat human trafficking, supporting organizations that help victims and ensuring that young immigrant women in particular, who are alone when they arrive in Canada, are protected from illegal occupations.

 

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