PM announces strengthened measures to combat child exploitation

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced additional new legislation that will be introduced this fall to better protect children against child sexual exploitation in Canada and abroad. The Prime Minister was joined by Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Alice Wong, Minister of State (Seniors).

“Our Government is taking strong action to keep our streets and communities safe for families, and above all, for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Prime Minister Harper. “We will ensure that Canada’s justice system is on the side of victims, and take further action to protect our own children, as well as those in other countries, from sex offenders.”

The proposed amendments to Canadian law include:

  • New notification requirements for offenders on the National Sex Offender Registry who travel outside of Canada; and,
  • Better information-sharing measures between the police and border security to keep track of travelling sex offenders.

Furthermore, new legislation will also be introduced to establish a publicly accessible national database that contains information on high-risk child sex offenders who have been subject to public notification by the provinces and territories.

These reforms build on the proposed measures announced on August 29, 2013 – which will also be introduced this fall – that would strengthen penalties against child predators. 

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