Senator Salma Ataullahjan introduced Bill S-228 in the Senate: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (trafficking in persons)
This Act simplifies the definition of “exploitation” for trafficking offenses in the Criminal Code to reflect the international definition outlined in the Palermo Protocol. It removes the unfair burden placed on exploited individuals to prove that there was an element of fear in their abuse. This small change has a big impact: it will be easier to convict traffickers!
Bill S-228 is still at the stage of its first reading in the Senate.
Stay tuned to its progress – we’ll be ready to act as it proceeds through the Senate!