Here are 10 concrete actions you can take to help change society and end human trafficking in British Columbia.

You may not be able to do all 10 actions, but everyone can do some.

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Sign the petition at change.org to the Attorney General, Members of the Legislative Assembly, and Police Chiefs of B.C.

"We urge you, in your role in charge of implementing our federal law, to assure the citizens of BC that this law will be implemented and enforced in our province. It is only when all levels of government at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels collaborate and work together that the lives of hundreds of women, youth and children will receive the protection that they deserve. We count on you to continue the efforts of many in Canada to strengthen our comprehensive strategy to end sex trafficking in Canada."

 

 

 

Report any tips immediately to your local police (non-emergency numbers below), Crime Stoppers (Metro Vancouver: 1-800-222-8477), or call 911 for emergencies only where health, safety or property are in immediate jeopardy, or there is a crime in progress. 

Contact your ministers of justice requesting the enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) throughout the province and country.

You may write your own letter or simply copy and paste the sample letter below into an email or paper letter. Links to ministers' official webpages are at the bottom of the page.

The federal government is responsible for writing and enacting criminal laws while provincial government handles the administration of justice, which includes the enforcing of laws.  

When writing public officials, be sure to remember the following guidelines:

  • Thank the official for the work he or she is already doing on this issue.

  • State that you are writing as a private or concerned citizen.

  • Specifically request the enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36).

  • Be polite and respectful.

  • Date the letter and ask to hear back.


Date:

The Hon. Suzanne Anton
Minister of Justice
Room 232
Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4

Dear Minister:

Thank you for your work thus far on combatting human trafficking in BC and for the work of the Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons.
 
I am writing as a concerned citizen to request the following actions:
 
   1. The enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) throughout the province.
   2. Additional funding and programs to help transition trafficked persons out of prostitution.
   3. Additional funding and programs to educate the public with respect to the law and the continued victimization of prostituted persons by johns.
 
Without addressing the demand for buying sex, we cannot hope to reduce the supply of victimized persons.
 
Ending human trafficking, sex trafficking, and prostitution in BC is an important gender equality and human rights issue, particularly as these issues disproportionately affect Canada’s First Nations' peoples.
 
Canada’s new laws on prostitution put our nation at the forefront of global change towards a more just society. This law must be enforced and given time to assess its value.
 
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding my request.
 
Sincerely,
 
YOUR NAME:
YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS:
 

Date:

The Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, P.C.,
Minister of Justice
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6

Dear Minister:

Thank you for your work thus far, speaking for the rights of women, and working to foster improved conditions and opportunities for First Nations' peoples in Canada.
 
I am writing as a concerned citizen to request the following actions:
 
   1. The enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) throughout the province.
   2. Additional funding and programs to help transition trafficked persons out of prostitution.
   3. Additional funding and programs to educate the public with respect to the law and the continued victimization of prostituted persons by johns.
 
Without addressing the demand for buying sex, we cannot hope to reduce the supply of victimized persons.
 
Ending human trafficking, sex trafficking, and prostitution in BC is an important gender equality and human rights issue, particularly as these issues disproportionately affect Canada’s First Nations' peoples.
 
Canada’s new laws on prostitution put our nation at the forefront of global change towards a more just society. This law must be enforced and given time to assess its value.
 
I look forward to hearing back from you regarding my request.
 
Sincerely,
 
YOUR NAME:
YOUR RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: