As the federal government unveils its new strategy to fight human trafficking, a private member’s bill dealing with the issue is making progress towards passage in the Senate. The House of Commons sent Bill C-310, brought forward by Conservative MP Joy Smith, to the Senate in April. It’s already passed 2nd Reading there and is now being studied by a committee before being brought back to the floor of the Senate. Here is the official summary of the bill:
This enactment amends the Criminal Code to add the offence of trafficking in persons to the offences committed outside Canada for which Canadian citizens or permanent residents may be prosecuted in Canada.It also amends the Act to add factors that the Court may consider when determining whether an accused exploits another person.