Saskatchewan considers drafting new human trafficking legislation

Any future legislation will aim to address issue’s complex nature

Saskatchewan considers drafting new human trafficking legislation
Saskatchewan plans to draft new human trafficking legislation.

Saskatchewan seeks to develop new provincial legislation to fight human trafficking and to help  victims regain freedom and take control over their own lives.

Don Morgan, Saskatchewan’s justice minister and attorney general, said that human trafficking is an increasingly worrying issue across the country and called it “an insidious crime that can be challenging for the justice system to respond to as it ruins the lives of victims and their families.”

The provincial government intends to collaborate with stakeholders in the legal profession, in policing and in the community to consider the opportunities and issues to keep in mind when developing the planned law. To address the challenges surrounding the issue, any future legislation will take into account the complexity of human trafficking.

At present, Saskatchewan supports and assists victims of human trafficking by funding shelters and victims’ services supports.

Ministry of Justice officials will study Alberta’s Protecting Survivors of Human Trafficking Act, which came into force, with exceptions, on May 12. Alberta’s legislation seeks to safeguard those who are at risk of becoming victims of human trafficking and to fortify victims’ ability to escape from the abuse by providing more legal options and by equipping law enforcement with additional powers beyond those found in the Criminal Code.

Manitoba and Ontario have also passed legislation furnishing civil remedies to victims of human trafficking.

Saskatchewan invites interested individuals and organizations to share their thoughts regarding the core elements of the planned law, as well as other suggestions for how to help victims and provide victims with remedies.

Related stories

Free newsletter

The Canadian Legal Newswire is a FREE newsletter that keeps you up to date on news and analysis about the Canadian legal scene. A separate InHouse Edition is delivered on a regular basis, providing targeted news and information of interest to in-house counsel.

Please enter your email address below to subscribe.

Recent articles & video

Quebec tables most radical reform to its language laws

Lost bid to block set-top box sales upholds notion that neutral technology can’t infringe copyright

Alberta court denies father’s relocation plan, citing children’s best interests

Injury plaintiff awarded special costs when defendant withholds video footage of accident

Ontario court rejects motion to disqualify counsel in proceedings arising from medical care action

Award more than tripled on appeal for fired articling student at B.C. firm Acumen Law

Most Read Articles

Award more than tripled on appeal for fired articling student at B.C. firm Acumen Law

Canada Revenue Agency profiling of Muslim charities may pose a national security threat

Denying right to automatic appeal does not breach young offenders’ constitutional rights, says SCC

Judicial appointments to B.C. Supreme Court: Julianne Lamb, Lauren Blake, Jan Brongers