Human trafficking enforcement team launched

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney at Fort Lennox, in Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec,...

Veterans Affairs Minister Steven Blaney at Fort Lennox, in Saint-Paul-de-l'Île-aux-Noix, Quebec, Friday, September 14, 2012. (MAXIME DELAND/QMI Agency)

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 5:31 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Mounties now lead a national human trafficking enforcement team, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said.

He announced the team Monday in Montreal, fulfilling a promise made during the June 2012 launch of Canada's national strategy to combat the trafficking of people into forced prostitution or labour.

"Our government will continue to strengthen its efforts as new knowledge and information about the scope and nature of the despicable crime of modern-day slavery in Canada comes to light," Blaney said in a statement Monday.

The new team has an annual budget of about $2 million and a core of five people.

 


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