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Minimum sentence is only part of the solution, MP says
Description: Supporters of a bill to impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years on anyone found guilty of trafficking in persons under the age of 18, hope it will clear the final approval in the Senate and become law before Parliament breaks for its summer recess in late June. There have been only five convictions since human trafficking was added to Canada's Criminal Code in 2005, something the Liu Institute's Benjamin Perrin, who helped draft the bill, traces to a lack of police and law-enforcement resources. Perrin said a mandatory five year sentence is a reasonable and crucial step in the right direction."The best way to protect victims is to get the trafficker out of the community," he said.
Date: 03 May 2010
Author: Norma Greenaway
Source: The Vancouver Sun, Mon May 3 2010
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