MPP SCOTT CELEBRATES UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF BILL 17, THE SAVING THE GIRL NEXT DOOR ACT, AT SECOND READING


MPP SCOTT CELEBRATES UNANIMOUS PASSAGE OF BILL 17, THE SAVING THE GIRL NEXT DOOR ACT, AT SECOND READING

 

QUEEN’S PARK – Member of Provincial Parliament, Laurie Scott, the Ontario PC Women’s Issues Critic, brought Bill 17, the Saving the Girl Next Door Act, back to life in the Legislature following the Wynne government’s decision to prorogue last month.

During the debate, MPP Scott relayed feedback from her travels across the province discussing one of the fastest growing crimes in Ontario – human sex trafficking.

“Everywhere I went, I was approached by Ontarians who were horrified to learn that sexual exploitation of our children is on the rise. Police and front-line service providers shared with me their deep frustration about the government’s lack of action and support for their efforts to fight human sex trafficking, as well as the lack of province-wide awareness initiatives,” Scott said.

Just last Friday, MPP Scott met with a group of representatives in Hamilton, where police and victims services echoed this frustration with the lack of clear support from the government.

Today, she was joined at Queen’s Park by Megan Walker of the London Abused Women’s Centre, who spoke to media about her harrowing experience on the front lines in the fight against human sex trafficking.

“We need legislative action, and the Saving the Girl Next Door Act represents an important step in the right direction. I can’t understand why Ontario doesn’t have any legislation on human sex trafficking, or why this government won’t pass this bill into law,” said Ms. Walker.

MPP Scott was appreciative to have received unanimous support from her colleagues at second reading, but again reiterated the need for the Wynne government to bring Bill 17 to Committee and make it law.

“Our vulnerable children simply can’t afford to wait any longer,” Scott concluded.