Item - 2013.EX28.2

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on February 20, 2013 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by Executive Committee on February 5, 2013 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on February 20, 2013.

EX28.2 - Human Trafficking

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on February 20 and 21, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to pursue opportunities to reduce the impact of human trafficking in Toronto by doing the following:

 

a.         collaborate with existing human trafficking committees coordinated by different organizations: Public Safety Canada's National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, the Ontario government's Human Trafficking Advisory Committee supported by the Ministry of the Attorney General, and four working groups comprised of organizations that serve trafficked persons: the Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network coordinated by FCJ Refugee Centre, the Ontario Coalition Against Human Trafficking coordinated by the Alliance Against Modern Slavery, the Rotary Club of Toronto Women’s Initiative Domestic Human Trafficking Project, Streetlight Support Services, Free-Them and the National Task Force of Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada led by Canadian Women's Foundation;

 

b.         work with other orders of government, community-based organizations, Toronto Police Service, and City divisions to design a training program to inform, educate and train City staff regarding human trafficking; and

 

c.         collect data about trafficked persons, success stories, and charged and convicted traffickers to benchmark and monitor the trends in Toronto.

 

2.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, Legal Services, the Toronto Police Service and other City divisions as needed, to undertake a review and report back to the Executive Committee with recommendations outlining required enactment and/or amendment to City by-laws, including zoning provisions, and further detailing the resources and tools needed to aid in the combatting of human trafficking, and strengthening the protection of vulnerable women, children and all persons from human traffickers in the City of Toronto; this review to include, but not be limited to:

 

a.        investigative and Enforcement resources and tools; and

b.        financial and Punitive resources and tools.

 

3.         City Council advise the Federal Government of Canada of its desire to see legislation put in place similar to the United States' "Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act", as human trafficking has dire circumstances for the residents of our country no matter where they live.

 

4.         City Council advise the Federal Government of Canada of its desire to see the establishment of a central enforcement office under the jurisdiction of Public Safety Canada similar to the "Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons" created  by the United States Federal government.

 

5.         City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to work in conjunction with the Fair Wage Office, the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, and the City Solicitor, to review Human Trafficking laws in other jurisdictions, including the United States, to see how they deal with anti-trafficking provisions, in particular, for contractors and sub-contractors for supplies and services; this work should be done in parallel to the work already in progress on a report being prepared on a living wage, quality jobs, and contracting out, as previously requested by the Executive Committee.

 

6.         City Council direct the General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to develop, in conjunction with the organizations and stakeholders identified in Part 1 above, detailed policies and protocols regarding legal assistance, crisis intervention, affordable housing, medical services and skill development opportunities for victims of trafficking and to report back to the Executive Committee in the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

7.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to include in the report due back to Executive Committee in Part 2 above, the role of the City of Toronto in identifying and implementing best practices for reducing the frequency of human trafficking, identifying and implementing best practices for policing against human trafficking, identifying and implementing best practices for establishing safe houses for victims of human trafficking and eradicating human trafficking within the City of Toronto.

 

8.         City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the Director, Strategic Communications, to include as part of the report back to the July 3, 2013 meeting of the Executive Committee, the feasibility of creating measures and reviewing policies, including but not limited to the City of Toronto's advertising policy and policies regarding the distribution of publications in City-owned spaces, that would disassociate the City from the sex trade and escort services, or other activities linked to human trafficking or the exploitation of women, children or other vulnerable populations.

Background Information (Committee)

(January 22, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Human Trafficking
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-55437.pdf
Appendices A to F
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-55534.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(February 5, 2013) Letter from Karlee Sapoznik, President/CEO/Co-Founder, Alliance Against Modern Slavery (EX.New.EX28.2.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/comm/communicationfile-34429.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(February 12, 2013) E-mail from Bruce Rivers, Executive Director, Covenant House (CC.Main.EX28.2.2)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager of Shelter, Support and Housing Administration and the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to develop, in conjunction with the organizations and stakeholders identified in Recommendation 1, detailed policies and protocols regarding legal assistance, crisis intervention, affordable housing, medical services and skill development opportunities for victims of trafficking and to report back to the Executive Committee in the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

2.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to include in the report due back to Executive Committee in Recommendation 2, the role of the City of Toronto in identifying and implementing best practices for reducing the frequency of human trafficking, identifying and implementing best practices for policing against human trafficking, identifying and implementing best practices for establishing safe houses for victims of human trafficking and eradicating human trafficking within the City of Toronto.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-21-2013 7:43 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX28.2 - Wong Tam - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 38 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 7 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan

2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Vincent Crisanti (Carried)

That City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the Director, Strategic Communications, to include as part of the report back to the July 3, 2013 meeting of the Executive Committee, the feasibility of creating measures and reviewing policies, including but not limited to the City of Toronto's advertising policy and policies regarding the distribution of publications in City-owned spaces, that would disassociate the City from the sex trade and escort services, or other activities linked to human trafficking or the exploitation of women, children or other vulnerable populations.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Feb-21-2013 7:44 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX28.2 - Crisanti - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Mike Layton, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Feb-21-2013 7:45 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX28.2 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Doug Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata, Cesar Palacio, John Parker (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Karen Stintz, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 6 Members that were absent are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti, Ron Moeser, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan

EX28.2 - Human Trafficking

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to pursue opportunities to reduce the impact of human trafficking in Toronto by doing the following:

 

a.         Collaborate with existing human trafficking committees coordinated by different organizations: Public Safety Canada's National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, the Ontario government's Human Trafficking Advisory Committee supported by the Ministry of the Attorney General, and four working groups comprised of organizations that serve trafficked persons: the Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network coordinated by FCJ Refugee Centre, the Ontario Coalition Against Human Trafficking coordinated by the Alliance Against Modern Slavery, the Rotary Club of Toronto Women’s Initiative Domestic Human Trafficking Project, Streetlight Support Services, Free-Them and the National Task Force of Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada led by Canadian Women's Foundation.

 

b.         Work with other orders of government, community-based organizations, Toronto Police Service, and City divisions to design a training program to inform, educate and train City staff regarding human trafficking.

 

c.         Collect data about trafficked persons, success stories, and charged and convicted traffickers to benchmark and monitor the trends in Toronto.

 

2.         City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, Legal Services, the Toronto Police Service and other City divisions as needed, to undertake a review and report back to the Executive Committee with recommendations outlining required enactment and/or amendment to City by-laws, including zoning provisions, and further detailing the resources and tools needed to aid in the combatting of human trafficking, and strengthening the protection of vulnerable women, children and all persons from human traffickers in the City of Toronto; this review to include, but not be limited to:


a.         Investigative and Enforcement resources and tools
b.         Financial and Punitive resources and tools

 

3.         City Council advise the Federal Government of Canada of its desire to see legislation put in place similar to the United States' "Victims of Trafficking & Violence Protection Act", as human trafficking has dire circumstances for the residents of our country no matter where they live.

 

4.         City Council advise the Federal Government of Canada of its desire to see the establishment of a central enforcement office under the jurisdiction of Public Safety Canada similar to the "Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons" created  by the United States Federal government

 

5.         City Council request the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration to work in conjunction with the Fair Wage Office, the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, and the City Solicitor, to review Human Trafficking laws in other jurisdictions, including the United States, to see how they deal with anti-trafficking provisions, in particular, for contractors and sub-contractors for supplies and services; this work should be done in parallel to the work already in progress on a report being prepared on a living wage, quality jobs, and contracting out, as previously requested by the Executive Committee.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Executive Committee requested the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the Director, Strategic Communications, to develop a policy prohibiting the City of Toronto from advertising in publications that could reasonably be seen, and are generally acknowledged, to be used to market trafficked persons, and report back to the Executive Committee at its July 3, 2013 meeting.

Origin

(January 22, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration

Summary

This report responds to the Executive Committee request for information pertaining to the problem of human trafficking in Toronto, including recommendations to strengthen protection of vulnerable women and children, improve services available to victims of human trafficking and to reduce human trafficking. It also responds to the request to report on the formulation of a policy that would prohibit City advertising in publications that allow advertising that could contribute to human trafficking.

 

Human trafficking is defined as recruiting vulnerable persons for the purpose of transporting, transfer, harbouring, and/or controlling them to be engaged in forced labour, especially sex work, organ removal, or other forms of coercion for the purpose of exploitation. Research demonstrates human trafficking is both a domestic issue, as well as an international problem, and it's a crime that occurs primarily in urban areas.

 

There is an opportunity for the City of Toronto to work with other orders of government, community-based organizations, Toronto Police Service and several City divisions to identify the impact of human trafficking in Toronto. Staff will determine possible solutions within the City's mandate to decrease the risk of trafficked persons in Toronto. City divisions will collaborate each other to bring public awareness to the issue, and develop indicators to better measure human trafficking in Toronto.

Background Information

(January 22, 2013) Report from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration on Human Trafficking
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-55437.pdf
Appendices A to F
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-55534.pdf

Communications

(February 5, 2013) Letter from Karlee Sapoznik, President/CEO/Co-Founder, Alliance Against Modern Slavery (EX.New.EX28.2.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/comm/communicationfile-34429.pdf

Speakers

Patricia Elkerton, Outreach Coordinator, Project 417, Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives
Joe Elkerton, Director, Project 417, Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives
Sarah Jackson, Coordinator, Project 417, Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives
Daphne Nissani, Free-Them
Shae Invidiata, Free-Them
Ofra Nissani
Lori Folkerson, Free-Them
Becky Plugger, Committee Member, Free-Them
Sheila & Christopher Cardenas, Free-Them
Carly Kalish, Clinical and Program Manager, All Saints Church-Community Centre
Janet Lyons, All Saints Church-Community Centre
Danielle Rovinski, All Saints Church-Community Centre
Anne Schenck, Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network, coordinated by FCJ Refugee Centre
Loly Rico & Tanya Aberman, Anti-Human Trafficking Project Coordinator, FCJ Refugee Centre
Beverley McAleese & Marie DeLuca, Executive Director, StreetLight Support Services
Heather Jessome, Volunteer, Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network, FCJ Refugee Centre
Councillor Shelley Carroll

Motions

1 - Motion to Set Committee Rule moved by Councillor Frank Di Giorgio (Carried)

That speaking times for public presentations be limited to 3 minutes


2 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, in consultation with the Director, Strategic Communications, develop a policy prohibiting the City of Toronto from advertising in publications that could reasonably be seen, and are generally acknowledged, to be used to market trafficked persons, and report back to the Executive Committee at its July 3, 2013 meeting.


3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Carried)

That City Council direct the Executive Director, Municipal Licensing and Standards, in consultation with the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration, Legal Services, the Toronto Police Service and other City divisions as needed, to undertake a review and report back to the Executive Committee with recommendations outlining required enactment and/or amendment to City by-laws, including zoning provisions, and further detailing the resources and tools needed to aid in the combatting of human trafficking, and strengthening the protection of vulnerable women, children and all persons from human traffickers in the City of Toronto; this review to include, but not be limited to:


a.  Investigative and Enforcement resources and tools
b.  Financial and Punitive resources and tools


4 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Michael Thompson (Carried)

That Recommendation 1.a  of the report (January 22, 2013) from the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance and Administration be amended by adding "Streetlight Support Services, Free-Them" after Human Trafficking Project.", so that the recommendation now reads:

 

"1.a.     Collaborate with existing human trafficking committees coordinated by different organizations: Public Safety Canada's National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, the Ontario government's Human Trafficking Advisory Committee supported by the Ministry of the Attorney General, and four working groups comprised of organizations that serve trafficked persons: the Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network coordinated by FCJ Refugee Centre, the Ontario Coalition Against Human Trafficking coordinated by the Alliance Against Modern Slavery, the Rotary Club of Toronto Women’s Initiative Domestic Human Trafficking Project, Streetlight Support Services, Free-Them and the National Task Force of Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada led by Canadian Women's Foundation."


5 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council advise the Federal Government of Canada of its desire to see legislation put in place similar to the United States' "Victims of Trafficking & Violence Protection Act" as human trafficking has dire circumstances for the residents of our country no matter where they live. 


6 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That City Council advise the Federal Government of Canada of its desire to see the establishment of a central enforcement office under the jurisdiction of Public Safety Canada similar to the "Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons"  created  by the United States Federal government.


7 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Carried)

That the Executive Director, Social Development, Finance & Administration work in conjunction with the Fair Wage Office, the Director, Purchasing and Materials Management, and the City Solicitor, to review Human Trafficking laws in other jurisdictions, including the United States, to see how they deal with anti-trafficking provisions, in particular, for contractors and sub-contractors for supplies and services; this work should be done in parallel to the work already in progress on a report being prepared on a living wage, quality jobs, and contracting out, as previously requested by the Executive Committee.


8 - Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)
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