MPP Scott Celebrates the Social Policy Committee’s Adoption of Bill 96, the Anti-Human Trafficking Act

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May 15, 2017

MPP Scott Celebrates the Social Policy Committee’s Adoption of Bill 96, the Anti-Human Trafficking Act

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, the Ontario Legislature’s Social Policy Committee adopted Bill 96, the Anti-Human Trafficking Act. The Bill, based largely on MPP Scott’s Saving the Girl Next Door Act that passed at second reading last year, increases protections for victims of human trafficking victims and allows them to sue their traffickers.

“I am happy that the government adopted this legislation, and particularly that they amended it to include the 3 year restraining order that I called for in the original Saving the Girl Next Door Act,” Scott said. “This is a great improvement on the 1 year restraining order in the government’s original draft of Bill 96.”

“It is, however, unfortunate that the government and the NDP voted against a common-sense PC amendment that would have strengthened Bill 96 even further by requiring judges to award damages, rather than leaving it to the judges’ discretion,” Scott added.

That said, MPP Scott is pleased that the government has committed to implementing the content of the Saving the Girl Next Door Act in this piece of legislation. This brings us one step closer to providing justice for victims of human trafficking in Ontario. The Ontario PC Caucus will be supporting the Bill at third reading.