Legal and Constitutional Affairs – February 19, 2015

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – February 19, 2015

Independent MP Maria Mourani discusses her private member’s bill to fight human trafficking. Bill C-452 amends the Criminal Code in order to provide consecutive sentences for offences related to trafficking in persons and create a presumption regarding the exploitation of one person by another. It would also add the offence of trafficking in persons to the list of offences to which the forfeiture of proceeds of crime apply. The bill was originally introduced in the House of Commons in 2012 and was reinstated at the start of the current session.
Leo Russomanno and Anne London-Weinstein, representatives from the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, express the Association’s concerns with the sentencing aspect of the bill and the removal of judicial discretion.
Dominic Monchamp, detective sergeant with the Montreal Police Service, provides an overview of how human trafficking works and what tools the proposed legislation could provide to law enforcement authorities. (February 19, 2015)