Human Trafficking - Bill C-310 - Supportive Organizations

 
The following individuals and organizations have indicated their support for Bill C-310. Below you will find statements of support.
 
  • Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime
  • International Justice Mission Canada
  • Ratanak International
  • The Salvation Army
  • Beyond Borders
  • World Vision
  • CEASE: Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation
  • Ukrainian World Congress Taskforce to Stop Human Trafficking
  • Help Us Help The Children Anti-Trafficking Initiative(HUHTC-ATI)
  • The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women
  • National Council of Jewish Women of Canada  
  • Walk With Me
  • [free-them]
  • Hope For The Sold
  • Sextrade 101
  • MAST (Men Against Sex Trafficking)
  • LAHT (London Anti-Human Trafficking Committee)
  • Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
  • Temple Committee Against Human Trafficking
  • Defend Dignity
  • Christian and Missionary Alliance
  • 4MY Canada
  • Maple Leaf Alberta Projects

 

Prof. Benjamin Perrin, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, and author of Invisible Chains: Canada’s Underground World of Human Trafficking (Penguin, 2011)

“Human traffickers have evaded prosecution for their heinous crimes, in part, because Canada’s criminal laws are not explicit enough to clearly encompass the range of tactics employed by these serial exploiters. Member of Parliament Joy Smith is again responding to concerns by police and victims’ groups in seeking to amend our human trafficking laws to hold traffickers accountable and protect victims. I call on all Parliamentarians to support this initiative.”

 

 
Jamie McIntosh, Executive Director, International Justice Mission Canada

“The crime of human trafficking often transgresses international boundaries, with vulnerable men, women, and children subject to its devastating reach. Human traffickers, including those of Canadian nationality, will persist in their illicit trade if they believe their crimes will go unpunished. Extending authority to prosecute Canadians for human trafficking crimes committed abroad is an important step in the global fight against human trafficking. As a nation, we must commit to prosecuting Canadian nationals who commit these crimes, regardless of geographical location at the time of offence.” 

 

Timea Nagy, Program Director, Walk With Me

“As an internationally trafficked survivor, who has been working with Canadian law enforcement to help human trafficking victims, I am absolutely thrilled to see this legislation presented by Mrs. Smith. It is clear, that Mrs. Smith has consulted professionals, experts from the field, and listened. This Bill will help Canadian law enforcement and prosecutors to be able to do their job and send a message to traffickers around the world, that Canada does not tolerate this crime against human dignity.”

 

K. Brian McConaghy, Founding Director, Ratanak International

“It is imperative that Canada continues to maintain and enhance a position of strength combating modern day slavery both domestic and international.  It is a given that we must protect those weak among us who are at risk of being trafficked. It is no less important that we protect those in other countries from Canadian predators who would traffic in human lives.  Such Canadians must be held fully accountable for their actions. This amendment, conforming to international legal norms, positions Canada to do just that and as such is to be commended.”

 

Shae Invidiata, Founder, [free-them]

“In conjunction with The Act and The Purpose, The United Nations deems a case to be human trafficking if ‘threatened of’ or ‘use of violence, force, coercions, fraudulent misrepresentation or fraudulent means’ is used. Without any hesitation these methods constitute exploitation and, in supporting Mrs. Smith’s Private Members Bill, should be amended into the Criminal Code of Canada.”
 
Commissioner Brian Peddle, Territorial Commander, The Salvation Army

"The Salvation Army is adding its support to Bill C-310 and calls on MP’s from all parties to support this critical piece of legislation.  With the development of this bill, MP Joy Smith has again demonstrated her leadership in ending the trafficking of persons.

 

Taking responsibility for Canadians who participate in the trafficking of persons abroad is a primary step in taking leadership in stopping the trafficking of persons both in Canada and around the world.  Bill C-310, in adding the trafficking of persons to the list of offences for which a Canadian or permanent resident can be prosecuted for if committed outside of Canada, will do just that.

 

Bill C-310 will provide law enforcement and crown prosecutors with an essential tool in prosecuting cases involving the trafficking of persons by enhancing the definition of exploitation in the Criminal Code.  Without Bill C-310, we risk continuing to allow traffickers to evade prosecution for the terrible crimes they commit."

 
Temple Committee Against Human Trafficking
"It is our position that any Canadian who is found trafficking in human beings must face charges at home. We believe there is a responsibility to being a Canadian citizen whether at home or abroad. Bill C-310 is yet another step forward in responding to the growing world scourge of sex trafficking. We are honoured to support Bill C-301."
 
4MY Canada
"It is our great pleasure to wholeheartedly support Joy Smith's Private Members' bill, C-310.  Joy Smith is one of Canada’s modern day heroes both in Canada and abroad and we commend her for her tireless effort on behalf of those being exploited in the sex trade. We encourage Canadians everywhere to write their Members of Parliament and ask them to pass C-310 through the House of Commons as promptly as possible."