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Legal responses miss the mark on human trafficking, exploitation | Karen Campbell

Wednesday, May 02, 2018 @ 8:11 AM | By Karen Campbell

Since the adoption of the Palermo Protocol (2000), Canada has included human trafficking as an offence in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Criminal Code and has invested millions in its National Action Plan to Combat Trafficking. High-profile campaigns have raised awareness of the problem, particularly as it affects young girls and Indigenous women.

For over a decade, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has invested in organizations providing services for women and girls who have been sexually exploited.

Despite significant investments and public attention, laws and...