Our War Against Human-Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation
of Women, Youth and Labour Is Waged on Many Fronts.

Enter the Ontario Leadership Team!

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Premier Doug Ford

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Commitments and Responsibilities
  1. March 6, 2020: His government released a new, comprehensive five-year strategy to combat human trafficking and end child sexual exploitation across the province. BRAVO!
  2. A $307 million investment was made to protect children and youth, and to crack down on offenders. BRAVO!
  3. To do: Oversee the closing of all illicit (definition of illicit: retail outlets employing Non-Registered Massage Therapists) body rub/massage parlours across the province (444 municipalities) as the Premier orders a rewrite of the Municipalities Act of 2001. The Premier can single-handedly make a major dent in the sexual exploitation and trafficking of young women by amending (DELETING) the Act’s framework of by-laws that enables Municipalities to license adult entertainment establishments including strip clubs and illicit body rub/massage parlours. CRITICAL and OVERDUE!
  4. To do: Premier Ford must aggressively lobby the Federal government to tighten or overhaul the Immigration-to-Canada programs that enable sex traffickers to smuggle young female victims. One such program is the Study Direct Stream program because it fast-tracks student study permits for full-time study in a post-secondary ‘designated learning institute’ (DLI) in Canada. Worse, applicants ARE NEVER SEEN by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processing officers and it is extensively used in the trafficking of young women from Asia to work in Markham-Richmond Hill body rub parlours.
  5. To do: Implement a NEW local initiative entitled “FREE from Human Trafficking & Sex Exploitation ZONES in Ontario”. The goal is to create a new culture that supports the commitment that “In Ontario, our women, our youth and our children will not be trafficked!

Solicitor General Sylvia Jones

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Commitments and Responsibilities
  1. On March 6, 2020, Solicitor General Jones stated” “Human trafficking is a vastly under-reported crime often hidden in our communities”. A crucial component of our new strategy involves strengthening law enforcement and justice sector initiatives so we can better support victims, improve our ability to target and find perpetrators, intercept human trafficking networks and ultimately bring criminals to justice.”
  2. To do (in targeting and finding perpetrators): Implement a province-wide on-going community-based awareness and education campaign entitled “FREE from Human Trafficking & Sex Exploitation ZONES in Ontario”. This NEW and LOCAL initiative will make it easy for residents to assess the nature of the crimes committed and to report them to their respective police forces.
  3. To do: Educate, on a province-wide basis, the Municipal Council members and their City Clerks that the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36), in effect since 2014, makes it “illegal to earn money by owning, managing or working for a commercial enterprise, such as a strip club, massage parlour or escort agency, knowing that sexual services are purchased there”. Therefore, they will be complying with the Solicitor General’s order to suspend all body rub parlour and adult entertainment licences until the Municipalities Act of Ontario of 2001 is amended to reflect the changes brought about by Bill C-36.
  4. To do: Incentivize local police forces to lay more charges, on a more frequent basis, on the ‘johns’ until all body rub/massage parlours are legislated out of existence.
  5. To do: Instruct all police forces in Ontario to publish, on their respective websites, the names and photos of the traffickers and the purchasers/’johns’ who are charged as that action will act as a
    deterrent to future criminals.
  6. To do: Create a more resident-friendly protocol for them to file their complaints that makes it mandatory for police officers to investigate the complaints, not as their discretion.
  7. To do: In partnership with the Attorney General’s Office, provide additional trauma-informed human (labour and sex) trafficking communication training for law enforcement, lawyers, judges, corrections personnel, and other related service providers to avoid re-traumatizing victims throughout the investigation, prosecution and care processes as well as ensure respectful and sensitive language and approaches are used when interviewing and interacting with victims.

Attorney General Doug Downey

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Commitments and Responsibilities

As part of Ontario’s five-year strategy to combat human (labour and sex) trafficking and end child sexual exploitation across the province a key goal is to “strengthen justice sector initiatives”. Therefore:

  1. To do: Work with the Federal Minister of Justice to enhance Bill C-36 (Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act) with the goal of introducing more stringent jail terms.
  2. To do: Provide additional training for criminal justice practitioners to increase rates of prosecution under Canada’s human trafficking Criminal Code provisions
  3. To do: In partnership with the Solicitor General’s Office, provide additional trauma-informed human (labour and sex) trafficking communication training for lawyers, judges, law enforcement, corrections personnel, and other related service providers to avoid re-traumatizing victims throughout the investigation, prosecution and care processes.
  4. To do: Hold offenders accountable by giving law enforcement more specialized Crown prosecution support for human trafficking cases, strengthening intelligence gathering in the correctional system, and expand the Ontario Provincial Police Child Sexual Exploitation Unit.
  5. To do: Protect the victims from retribution by their traffickers by introducing a “No Bail Until the Trial” legislative amendment.

Minister of Municipalities & Housing Steve Clark

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Commitments and Responsibilities
  1. To do in collaboration with the Solicitor General: Implement a province-wide on-going community-based awareness and education campaign entitled “FREE from Human Trafficking & Sex Exploitation ZONES in Ontario”. This NEW and LOCAL initiative will make it easy for residents to assess the nature of the crimes committed and to report them to their respective police forces.
  2. To do: Educate, on a province-wide basis, the Municipal Council members and their City Clerks that the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36), in effect since 2014, makes it “illegal to earn money by owning, managing or working for a commercial enterprise, such as a strip club, massage parlour or escort agency, knowing that sexual services are purchased there”. Therefore, they will be complying with the Solicitor General’s order to suspend all body rub parlour and adult entertainment licences until the Municipalities Act of Ontario of 2001 is amended to reflect the changes brought about by Bill C-36. This brings us to ‘to-do #3.
  3. To do: Specifically, delete the following sections from the Municipalities Act of 2001:
    Restrictions re adult entertainment establishments:

    154 (1) Without limiting sections 9, 10 and 11, a local municipality, in a by-law under section 151 with respect to adult entertainment establishments, may,
    (a) despite section 153, define the area of the municipality in which adult entertainment establishments may or may not operate and limit the number of adult entertainment establishments in any defined area in which they are permitted; and
    (b) prohibit any person carrying on or engaged in an adult entertainment establishment business from permitting any person under the age of 18 years to enter or remain in the adult entertainment establishment or any part of it. 2006, c. 32, Sched. A, s. 82.

    Premises

    154 (2) Any premises or any part of them is an adult entertainment establishment if, in the pursuance of a business,
    (a) goods, entertainment or services that are designed to appeal to erotic or sexual appetites or inclinations are provided in the premises or part of the premises; or
    (b) body-rubs, including the kneading, manipulating, rubbing, massaging, touching or stimulating by any means of a person’s body, are performed, offered or solicited in the premises or part of the premises, excluding premises or part of them where body-rubs performed, offered or solicited are for the purpose of medical or therapeutic treatment and are performed or offered by persons otherwise duly qualified, licensed or registered to do so under a statute of Ontario. 2006, c. 32, Sched. A, s. 82.


Minister of Education Stephen Lecceheadshot of stephen lecce

Commitments and Responsibilities
  1. To do: Include compulsory, province-wide education in elementary and secondary schools on the subject of child trafficking for sexual and financial gain in order to protect our children from the predators and traffickers. Driving the design of this education piece are the following facts about the top methods for recruitment used by human trafficking criminals:
    1) Online—42.5%
    2) Pre-existing relationship—25.1%
    3) Fraudulent job offer—23.6%
    4) Street—8.2%
    5) Shelter, bus stops, school, mall or store—6.5%
    The Ministry, NOT the individual school boards, will design the curriculum.
  2. To do: As the Immigration-to-Canada programs enable foreign students (642,000 as of year ending 2019) to study in Canada, the Ministry of Education will conduct an audit to confirm that none of the foreign students enrolled for full-time study in Ontario’s post-secondary ‘designated learning institutes’ (DLI) are being trafficked by their foreign sponsors/slave owners while allegedly attending school on a full-time basis. One such program is the Study Direct Stream program because it fast-tracks student study permits for full-time study in a post-secondary ‘designated learning institute’ (DLI) in Canada. As it stands, Border Services Officers very rarely interview anyone entering Canada or see them in person. The Officers receive the documents online, review them and make a decision on the spot. Underpinning the application is the financial support which traffickers provide to the victims that must repaid by working as illegal sex workers while studying in Canada.

Minister of Children, Community & Social Services Todd Smithtodd smith

Commitments and Responsibilities
  1. To do: Support survivors by investing new funding in wrap-around, community-based supports and Indigenous-led initiatives to make more services available for survivors and by enhancing victim services to assist survivors throughout the court process.
  2. To do: Establish additional dedicated, licensed residences to support victims, including those under the age of 16.
  3. To do: Protect victims and intervene early by investing in specialized intervention teams involving police and child protection services.
  4. To do: To address the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations, and frontline workers, Indigenous-specific initiatives are integrated throughout Ontario’s new strategy. Examples of these initiatives include targeted public awareness activities, Indigenous-led community-based supports for survivors such as counselling, cultural teachings and healing ceremonies, victim services delivered by Indigenous communities and organizations, and culturally-appropriate supports for at-risk youth.
  5. To do: Take the lead in protecting teenagers from the South Asian community from forced marriages (illegal in Canada, nevertheless taking place) and arranged marriages that are a front for sex trafficking here in Canada and abroad.

Associate Minister of Children & Women’s Issues Jill Dunlopheadshot of jill dunlop

Commitments and Responsibilities
  1. To do: Raise awareness of the issue by leading the communication of this new, province-wide protection campaign to educate children, youth, parents, and the broader public about what human trafficking is, how to recognize the signs, and where to get help.
  2. To do: Call upon the 6 aforementioned Ministers to raise awareness of the issue by co-presenting the communication of this new, province-wide protection campaign at events that she schedules throughout the province.

TAKE ACTION:

Send an email to the Premier of Ontario at:

https://correspondence.premier.gov.on.ca/EN/feedback/default .aspx

Copy/paste this message: “I support your government’s new, province-wide protection campaign that will educate children, youth, parents, and the broader public about what your government is doing in the fight against human trafficking and sex exploitation.”

 

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