MPP Scott earns award for human trafficking work
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | June 23, 2017
Local MPP Laurie Scott has received this year’s Champion of Children Award from the Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre for her commitment to combating human sex trafficking. She picked up the award during the charity’s annual general meeting on June 20 in Toronto.
“It was very nice,” said Scott in an interview. “To be recognized for being an advocate on a legislative level was quite humbling.”
The award “honours a group or individual who has displayed an exemplary commitment to creating pathways to better service for children, youth and families,” according to a press release.
Human trafficking has been a major focus of Scott’s for several years. A private member’s bill she introduced, known as the Saving the Girl Next Door Act, influenced new legislation that better protects victims and their families.
Scott, who is also the PC Women’s Critic, is pleased to see the progress on this issue within the government.
“The fact that we’re all talking about it ... is huge.”
Boost works to eliminate abuse and violence in the lives of children, youth, and their families.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.