Statement from Ministers Toews and Kenney regarding arrests in Hamilton human trafficking case

Ottawa – July 11, 2012 – The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism today issued the following statement following an announcement by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) that three individuals were arrested as part of the Opapa investigation into human trafficking. With these last three arrests, a total of 20 individuals have been arrested.

“We congratulate the RCMP and the Canada border Services Agency (CBSA) on these important arrests. Human trafficking is a despicable crime that preys on the most vulnerable. We have recently strengthened our Government’s commitment to the global fight against human trafficking by launching the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking. Our Government has also taken other important steps to combat this crime such as helping to implement mandatory minimum sentences for those convicted of child trafficking, engaging in public awareness, training police officers, and providing assistance to victims.

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