Miller Applauds Province's Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy
Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound Muskoka says that on Monday the Ontario government passed new legislation to build upon the province’s Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy.
Miller says he is pleased to see this legislation pass because human trafficking happens everywhere, even here in Parry Sound-Muskoka. “The average age when young people, mostly young girls, are lured into human trafficking operations is approximately 13 years old so this will help protect children in our communities and across Ontario,” he said.
Human trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes worldwide. Ontario is a hub for human trafficking, with the most police-reported incidents of human trafficking in the country occurring within the province in 2019.
Miller says the new legislation includes two new acts – the Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy Act, and the Accommodation Sector Registration of Guests Act – as well as amendments to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, and the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act. Together, the acts will:
- Increase awareness of the issue;
• Supporting more survivors and the people who support them in obtaining restraining orders against traffickers;
• Strengthening the ability of children’s aid societies and law enforcement to protect exploited children;
• Increasing penalties for persons, including traffickers, who interfere with a child in the care of a children’s aid society.