Wednesday , 28 October 2020

Sask. creating human trafficking bill similar to Alberta

The Government of Saskatchewan is in the midst of creating legislation similar to Alberta’s proposed bill to prevent human trafficking.

The Alberta government introduced Bill 8, the Protecting Survivors of Human Trafficking Act, to empower survivors.

In a release on Friday, Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said this issue has become an increasing concern across Canada.

“I have asked officials within the Ministry of Justice to review the bill recently passed in Alberta with a mind to developing similar legislation here in Saskatchewan.”

If the Alberta Bill is passed it will expand the definition of sexual exploitation to include people of all ages and make it easier for survivors to get protection orders.

It would also enable police to take faster action to rescue survivors, allow survivors to sue traffickers and create an awareness day on February 22nd.

“Human trafficking is an insidious crime that can be challenging for the justice system to respond to as it ruins the lives of victims and their families,” Morgan said. “As we explore how this type of legislation can be passed in Saskatchewan, we will be taking the complex nature of human trafficking crime into account to ensure we can effectively address these challenges,” said Morgan.

The province will be working with partners in the legal profession, policing, and the community to assist in creating the bill to address the issue of human trafficking.

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