The government launched the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking on Wednesday.
“Human trafficking in Canada is a national problem, whose victims are both Canadians and newcomers. Sexual exploitation and forced labour are two forms of trafficking taking place in Canada,” the government said in a press release.
Organized crime is actively trafficking women and children, notes the release, which outlines how 18 federal departments will work together to combat human trafficking.
“The National Action Plan will consolidate our Government’s ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking and introduce significant new initiatives to prevent human trafficking, identify victims, protect the most vulnerable, prosecute perpetrators, and build on our partnerships both in Canada and abroad,” said MP Joy Smith, a tireless advocate against human trafficking.The plan will see Canada’s first integrated law enforcement team formed to combat the crime, and will strengthen international coordination. The government has committed $25 million over four years to the plan.