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Canada will aid victims of human trafficking.

The federal government is acting to help victims of human trafficking in Canada, the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Minister Monte Solberg, announced.

"Helping victims of human trafficking, who are often victims of organized crime, is the compassionate thing to do," said Minister Solberg. "These new measures give us another tool to support our continuing efforts against this serious crime," he added.

Working within current Canadian laws, immigration officers will issue temporary resident permits for up to 120 days to victims of human trafficking. The permit will enable victims to begin to recover from the impact of the crime. Victims who receive the permits will also be exempted from the immigration processing fee and will be eligible for health-care benefits under the Interim Federal Health program. The new measures have been designed to enable bona fide victims of human trafficking with assistance.

"The RCMP and other government agencies will attempt to uncover, report and target traffickers who exploit vulnerable people," Mike Cabana, RCMP Chief Superintendent and Director General of Border Integrity said.

Canada's Immigration and Refugee Protection Act also includes penalties of life imprisonment and fines of up to one million dollars for a conviction of trafficking persons.
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Title Annotation:CHILDREN, YOUTH & FAMILIES
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Date:May 22, 2006
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