Legal and Constitutional Affairs – February 26, 2015

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – February 26, 2015

Senators continue their review of private member’s bill to combat human trafficking. Bill C-452 amends the Criminal Code in order to provide consecutive sentences for offences related to trafficking in persons and to 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.
Éliane Legault-Roy, director of communications for La Concertation des luttes contre l’exploitation sexuelle, discusses why the group supports the proposed legislation. Formed in 2005, La CLES brings together about 50 member groups, more than 150 individual members and various sympathizers who are critical of the sex industry.
The committee then moves onto clause-by-clause consideration of the bill. Nathalie Levman and Matthew Taylor, who are both counsel for the criminal law policy section at Justice Canada, answer the senators’ remaining technical questions. (February 26, 2015)