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e-2646 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Megan Walker from London, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and girls is a serious issue which has not halted during the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation are often young women and 50 per cent of Canada's sex trafficking victims are Indigenous;
  • Women and girls are facing worse conditions and additional barriers to escape from their traffickers and exit sex trafficking and sexual exploitation than before the pandemic;
  • Federal funding made it possible for organizations across Canada to successfully help thousands of women and girls escape from their traffickers and safely exit sex trafficking and sexual exploitation;
  • These organizations have now been told they will not receive any further federal funding to provide these valuable and life-saving services;
  • Survivors continue to require significant long-term, trauma-informed services and support through these organizations;
  • Organizations providing these valuable services should have the full support of the federal government as they work to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation and support victims and survivors; and
  • The federal government announced $57 million in September 2019 to help combat human trafficking and support victims and survivors.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to move quickly to restore funding to these organizations so they may continue to provide exit and recovery services to victims and survivors of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Open for signature
June 5, 2020, at 9:54 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
September 3, 2020, at 9:54 a.m. (EDT)
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