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. 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 that the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act (Bill C-36) be enforced throughout Canada.

Ending sex trafficking and prostitution in our nation is an important gender equality and human rights issue, particularly as Canada’s First Nations peoples are disproportionately affected by these issues. Without addressing the demand for buying sex, as the Act does, we cannot hope to reduce the number of victimized persons.

Canada’s new laws on prostitution put our nation at the forefront of global change towards a more just society. However, the law must be uniformly enforced across our nation, so that a fair assessment can be made. How can the efficacy of the law be assessed, when it has not been enforced?

I ask you to ensure that police forces across Canada are instructed to enforce the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act.

Sincerely,

 
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