St. Catharines, On
The government of Ontario has allocated $307 million dollars to defeat human traffickers in the province.
Premier Doug Ford made the announcement today at the Kristen French Child Advocacy Centre in St. Catharines.
The father of 4 daughters expressed his disgust at human trafficking and called for backing of the federal government in tackling the problem.
“Human traffickers prey on the most vulnerable members of our society ― our children,” said Premier Doug Ford. “We must put an end to this disgusting industry and take immediate steps to keep our kids safe. Our new strategy takes strong and decisive action to support survivors, raise awareness, and give our police the tools and resources they need to put these criminals behind bars.”
The money invested will help raise awareness of the issue, hold offenders accountable, protect victims and intervene early as well as support survivors.
Premier Doug Ford, along with Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, and Solicitor General Sylvia Jones released the new, comprehensive five-year strategy to combat human trafficking and end child sexual exploitation across the province.