Saanich council’s summertime endorsement of a human trafficking resolution passed at the recent Union of B.C. Municipalities week-long conference earned the city a series of thumbs up from UBCM attendees.
A resolution was passed that B.C. municipalities will do their part to implement the recommendations found within the National Task Force on Sex Trafficking of Women, and Girls in Canada’s recent report, Ending Sex-Trafficking in Canada, as well as the province’s Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.
“The resolution for Human Trafficking at UBCM was massively endorsed with the amendment from Saanich, along with a resolution to combat rape culture,” said Coun. Fred Haynes.
B.C. is cited as the most enticing place in Canada to ‘traffic victims.’
Overall, Saanich was noted for its effective leadership on community safety, environment and affordable housing, Haynes said.
B.C.’s Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons, part of the province’s Ministry of Justice, has a free information line at 1-604-660-5199, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To report a suspected case of human trafficking contact the RCMP human trafficking co-ordinator at 604-598-4603 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).