City asked to act on human trafficking

City politicians are being urged to help in the battle against human trafficking.

Coun. Mike Anthony is expected to table a motion Monday calling on the Ontario government to enhance its plan for an anti-human trafficking strategy by fully incorporating all aspects of a private member's bill aimed at tackling the issue.

While Anthony's motion applauds the Ontario government's recent announcement of up to $72 million over four years to step up the fight against human trafficking, he said it does not raise the age of child protection to 18 from 16.

Anthony said that's something that would have occurred under a private member's bill introduced by Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott. And, he said, the result is that those aged 16 or 17 cannot be taken from a perilous situation without their consent.

Although many components of Scott's bill, named the Saving the Girl Next Door Act, are included in the province's proposed strategy, Anthony's motion calls on the government to address the parts that were excluded.

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