MPP Laurie Scott Hosts Successful Open Forum on Human Sex Trafficking in Toronto
TORONTO – Today, MPP Scott hosted almost 200 members of the public at an open forum to mark the inaugural Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario on Thursday, February 22.
“Human Sex Trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in Canada and raising public awareness is an urgent priority. Most people I talk to have no idea that this is happening in our communities – big and small – so we all need to get the word out to better inform parents, grandparents and children themselves. That is why events like this are important,” said MPP Scott.
“This Thursday marks Ontario’s first-ever Human Trafficking Awareness Day. We all need to do our part to raise awareness of a crime that targets children who are on average only 14 years old,” Scott added.
MPP Scott was joined by an expert panel that included:
- Detective Sergeant Nunzio Tramontozzi of the Toronto Police Service, who has been the Officer in charge of the Human Trafficking Enforcement Team since 2014
- Karyn Kennedy, the President and CEO of Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, Toronto's first Child & Youth Advocacy Centre.
- Karly, a Survivor and Community Outreach Worker for the Gender-Based Violence Program at East Metro Youth Services.
- Joseph Mari is a Senior Manager in the Anti-Money Laundering Financial Intelligence Unit at Bank of Montreal.
The moderator of the event was the Hon. Peter MacKay, former Federal Minister of Justice.