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October 26, 2016

QUEEN’S PARK – In the Ontario Legislature this afternoon, Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli noted the recent adoption of resolutions in various local townships highlighting the importance of combatting human trafficking. Text of Fedeli’s statement is below:

“Speaker, Communities in my riding are expressing concern about human trafficking, a heinous crime that has been referred to as modern day slavery. The Townships of Calvin, Chisholm, and Bonfield have all recently passed a resolution regarding this concern.

The Leaders of these communities note that human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada. Victims are predominately female and have an average age of only 14.

They also note Ontario is a major hub of human trafficking in Canada, and victims are lured, manipulated, and coerced from communities across the province.

The Member for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock’s proposed Bill, Saving the Girl Next Door Act, will allow for the enforcement of protection orders on behalf of victims against traffickers.

The bill also allows victims to seek compensation and to include trafficking as a sexual offence under the age of 18.

As a result, The Townships of Calvin, Chisholm, Bonfield resolve to support Bill 158, Saving the Girl Next Door Act, and the Member’s Motion calling for a multi-jurisdictional task force to combat human trafficking in Ontario.

Speaker, human trafficking is a growing and significant issue that requires urgent action.”

Video of Fedeli’s Statement can be found here: https://youtu.be/Ju8bZXXS7sI

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