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Ontario commits to $20M in annual funding to fight human trafficking

Thursday, November 28, 2019 @ 11:40 AM | By John Chunn

The government of Ontario announced on Nov. 28 that it is developing a new strategy to combat human trafficking that will be co-led by Sylvia Jones, solicitor general and Jill Dunlop, associate minister of Children and Women's Issues.

According to the government’s press release, the strategy is part of Ontario’s commitment to protecting women and children and combating gender-based violence, sexual exploitation and abuse.

“Every day across Ontario, young women and children are being lured into human trafficking by criminals who rob them of their safety and dignity,” said Premier Doug Ford. “I want to thank Solicitor General Jones and Associate Minister Dunlop for leading the development and implementation of our new, stronger, cross-government strategy to raise awareness of these disgusting crimes, ensure survivors get the supports they need and bring their traffickers to justice.”

As a first priority, Ontario is committing $20 million in annual funding for victim supports and anti-human trafficking enforcement initiatives.

“During discussions across the province, front-line workers and survivors of human trafficking told us there is a need for consistent and reliable funding,” said Dunlop. “We are taking action to respond to what we heard. This annual investment for dedicated anti-human trafficking initiatives will ensure victim supports are available on an ongoing basis and that critical prevention and enforcement actions continue.”

“Ontario has more police-reported incidents of human trafficking than any other province in Canada,” said Jones. “Ensuring the safety and security of Ontarians is the government’s most fundamental responsibility, which is why we are committed to providing ongoing funding to stop the criminals who are profiting from this crime, so we can protect our children and keep our communities safe.”