RAISE A BILLBOARD

Bring one of these 10 new designs to your community.

NATIONAL TOUR 2014

The ARPA Canada tour will begin October 28 and stop in 14 locations in Ontario and Alberta. See tour dates and locations here.

Human Trafficking Bill (C-268) Becomes Law!

ARPA Canada is thrilled to learn that Bill C-268 has been passed by the Senate prior to the summer break. Now traffickers of minors will receive a minimum 5 year sentence.  For over a year we have been urging you to take action in support of this legislation. MP's and Senators have heard from Canadians and have responded. Here is an email message from MP Joy Smith, the sponsor of this bill, followed by a press release from Canada Fights Human Trafficking.

Dear friends,

It is with great joy that I inform you that Bill C-268 has finally passed
the Senate of Canada!

I am so pleased that our country now has a law that assures significant
penalties for those who traffic children. No longer will traffickers walk
out of jail a week after being convicted.

I want to take a moment to thank you for the amazing support you have shown
over the past year and a half. Tens of thousands of Canadians have voiced
their support for Bill C-268 through petitions, emails, letters and phone
calls. Your voice was heard!

My hope is that Bill C-268 is a tipping point for much more action on human
trafficking. There is much to be done and I plan to continue to advocate for
a National Action Plan to combat human trafficking.

We need to ensure that there are effective prevention initiatives in place
and partnerships formed between federal and provincial governments to
provide much needed protection and rehabilitation for victims.

I am sure you will join me in the next steps necessary to rid Canada of
modern day slavery.

Again thank you for your support during this long journey. We are making a
difference!

Sincerely,

Joy Smith, MP
Kildonan - St. Paul

 


June 17, 2010: Ottawa, ON: Today, the Senate of Canada adopted at Third Reading Bill C-268, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (minimum sentence for offences involving trafficking of persons under the age of eighteen years). The legislation will now be sent to the Governor General of Canada for Royal Assent.

Bill C-268 will amend Canada's Criminal Code to introduce a new human trafficking offence specifically addressing child traffickers. The new law will provide a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment for anyone convicted of trafficking a minor in Canada and a minimum of six years imprisonment for cases with aggravating factors.

Introduced on January 29, 2009, by Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan – St. Paul, Bill C-268 has attracted broad national support. On September 30, 2009, Bill C-268 was adopted by the House of Commons with the bi-partisan support of Conservative and Liberal MPs and most NDP MPs. On October 1, 2009, Bill C-268 was first introduced into the Senate and was sponsored by Senator Yonah Martin.

"The strong support for Bill C-268 reveals a clear indication that the majority of Parliamentarians understand the necessity of ensuring the traffickers of minors receive sentences that reflect the severity of this grave offence," said MP Joy Smith. "Traffickers need to know that Canada will not accept the exploitation and sale of our children and any attempts to do so will be met with stiff consequences."

Bill C-268 is the first and only Private Members' Bill to be passed by Parliament since the last election in 2008. The passing of Bill C-268 is even more significant since it amends the Criminal Code. Prior to this legislation, only 14 Private Members' Bills containing Criminal Code amendments have been adopted by the Canadian Parliament since Confederation.

Since introducing Bill C-268, Mrs. Smith has presented petitions containing tens of thousands of signatures from Canadians who demanded that the penalties to child traffickers fully reflect the gravity of the crime. Many organizations have also lent their support for this legislation, representing stakeholders such as law enforcement, victim's services, NGO's, and First Nations representatives.

The demand for Bill C-268 arose from a number of human trafficking convictions involving minors where the offender received insignificant sentences. For example, Michael Lennox Mark was convicted on November 10, 2008, for selling a 17- year-old girl for sex. He received a two- year sentence but only spent a week in jail following after his conviction due to the credit of pre-trial custody.

The international community has also recognized this concern and in October 2008, theReport of the Canada-U.S. Consultation in Preparation for the World Congress III Against Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents recommended that Canada enact a mandatory minimum penalty for child trafficking. Last year, the 2009 U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons Report also noted the difficulties reported by Canadian law enforcement with securing adequate punishments against offenders.

MP Joy Smith has been recognized as a leading expert and speaker on the issue and is working at the national and international level to end human trafficking. Since being elected, MP Joy Smith has advocated for a national action plan to be implemented to combat human trafficking in Canada. In 2007, MP Smith saw her motion M-153, which urged the development of a comprehensive national plan, unanimously passed by the Parliament of Canada.

"Bill C-268 is an important step forward in addressing human trafficking here in Canada," states MP Joy Smith. "However, Canada also needs a comprehensive national action plan to combat human trafficking that addresses the multifaceted aspects of this crime. We need to have a federal strategy in coordination with provincial and territorial governments that focuses on prevention initiatives, greater protection and rehabilitation for the victims, and partnerships with frontline organizations."

For more information on Bill C-268, please visit: http://www.joysmith.ca/main.asp?fxoid=FXMenu,7&cat_ID=27&sub_ID=96.

- 30 -
For further information please contact:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ARPA Resources

E-Luminary Newsletter

Get news, action items, and articles every two weeks.
Free service courtesy of ARPA's donors

Search 1500+ articles


ARPA Canada is a non-profit organization, supported entirely by individuals like yourself who want to see this work continue. Learn more about how you can help us carry out our mission.

 

Latest Facebook Posts

Featured Resource

Proceeds given to support ARPA

Sites Worth Checking Out

What follows are ARPA staff picks (in no particular order) of favourite, helpful, and intersting sites:

www.reformedprolifer.com

http://activatecfpl.theefc.ca

www.prowomanprolife.org

www.realwomenofcanada.ca

www.imfcanada.org

www.ligonier.org (videos on church and state)

 

Latest Poems

  • Should we be called complicitWhen choosing not to act?To take a life's plain murder,A punishable fact! I ask, “Would you turn a blind...
  • [Thoughts on euthanasia] Who are we as His people now? What is my Doctor's role? When reason and compassion fails Where man the will of God...
  • When Reason has no Voice I hear the sound of treason! When Treason is man's choice... God! Help each in his season. A. BlokhuisJan. 2/05
  • Isaiah 6:9,10 Some venture, “You are crazy, Why even get involved?” Why not kick back, enjoy yourself?” You'll find the problem's...
  • You say I am subversive claiming I disturb your peace? As long as you kill babies my protests will never cease. I'll hound you and pursue you and...

The Cardus Daily

Cardus Blog

Renewing North American social architecture
  • There’s a sadness that runs through Richard Linklater’s recent film Boyhood, one that’s hard to put your finger on. Shot over twelve years—yes, twelve years!—the film traces the life of...

  • Earlier this month, Robert George offered a bit of advice to young scholars. That advice, in a nutshell, is to be very wary of applause. “In the end,” he says,...

  • If you haven’t been following the five-part series The Islamic State put out by VICE News, you might consider it if you’re interested in the shocking parade of stories coming...

  • A few years ago, my brother and I were driving from Texas to Ontario and on the way we stopped in Kentucky where—long story short—we “ran into” Wendell Berry. He...

  • It is dangerous to be a Christian in many parts of the world today, and it appears to be becoming more so. Not a day goes by that I don’t...

Search 1500+ articles from ARPACanada.ca


About ARPA Canada

The mission of ARPA Canada is to educate, equip, and encourage Reformed Christians to political action and to bring a biblical perspective to our civil authorities (learn more).

ARPA Canada is a non-profit organization, supported entirely by individuals like yourself who want to see this work continue. We do not receive financial assistance from churches, charities, government, tax credits, or foundations. Learn more about how you can help us carry out our mission.

Articles from www.ARPACanada.ca that have been authored by ARPA Canada may be republished and used in full or in part elsewhere provided that attribution is given to ARPA Canada, including a link to site.