Human trafficking offences are considered extremely serious in nature and carry with it some of the strictest penalties if the accused is convicted and found guilty of the offence. The Criminal Code of Canada contains specific laws regarding the trafficking of humans and defines six precise offences that related to adults and minors under the age of eighteen and relate to three types of offences:
Receiving Financial or other Monetary Benefits (for facilitating or committing human trafficking)
Destroying or Withholding an Individual’s Identity Documents (for facilitating or committing human trafficking)
Trafficking of Persons
All trafficking offences include mandatory periods of imprisonment with a maximum of life in prison for Trafficking of Persons offences. Many of these offences also carry minimum mandatory imprisonment periods of varying lengths.
It is not uncommon for those accused of human trafficking to also be charged with other criminal offences depending upon the circumstances and evidence in the case. Some of the more common criminal offences that have been brought against those accused of human trafficking are:
- Sexual Assault/ Aggravated Sexual Assault Offences
- Criminal Organization Offences
- Forcible Confinement
- Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution Offences
- Assault/Uttering Threats Offences
In certain circumstances human trafficking offences can involve illegally bringing people and minors from foreign countries into Canada. In these cases, additional offences under the IRPA (Immigration and Refugee Protection Act) can be brought against the accused.
If you have been charged with human trafficking, you need experienced Toronto human trafficking lawyer Rishma Gupta if you want the most appropriate outcome to your charges. Call Ms. Gupta now to schedule a consultation to discuss your case in greater detail.