An Act to amend the Criminal Code and An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons)


Pierre Paul-Hus  Conservative

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of March 23, 2021

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This enactment amends the Criminal Code to add the offences of material benefit from sexual services and procuring to the list of offences subject to forfeiture of proceeds of crime. It also eliminates preliminary inquiries for indictable offences related to sexual exploitation.

The enactment also amends An Act to amend the Criminal Code (exploitation and trafficking in persons) to bring section 3 of that Act into force.

Finally, it provides for the preparation by the Minister of Justice of a report on mutual legal assistance in connection with sexual exploitation crimes committed on the Internet.


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Sexual Exploitation of MinorsStatements By Members

March 23rd, 2021 / 2:05 p.m.
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Pierre Paul-Hus Conservative Charlesbourg—Haute-Saint-Charles, QC

Mr. Speaker, this morning, at the opening of the sitting of the House, I did something important in Parliament. I acted as a legislator, but also as the father of two children.

I introduced Bill C-277, which seeks to combat the sexual exploitation of minors. This bill implements the recommendations set out in the report of the Select Committee on the Sexual Exploitation of Minors, which was unanimously adopted by the Quebec National Assembly.

I hope that my private member's bill will protect our children against sexual exploitation. Now, I also hope that the Liberal government will make this a priority. Our children must not become statistics. The select committee's report must not be forgotten or shelved.

I therefore urge all members, regardless of their political affiliation, to support this bill across party lines and help me give proper effect to its provisions. There is nothing more precious than our children. Let us protect them.