EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – A country music star will lead the newest provincial task force on combating human trafficking.
Premier Jason Kenney announced Paul Brandt will be chairing the group that will help guide and implement the government’s nine-point plan against human trafficking.
“Alberta should be a place where people can live safely, free from exploitation and coercion,” said Kenney. “Sadly, human trafficking exists in our province, and it is our duty to bring these human rights violations to light and do more to protect those at risk.”
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Brandt, who founded the organization “Not In My City”, and has been an outspoken advocate against human trafficking said it’s a difficult subject, but one Albertans have to confront.
“Serving as chair for the Alberta Human Trafficking Task Force is an immense privilege and responsibility, as we work together to protect those who are most vulnerable. Freedom should be for everybody.”
Other members of the task force include former solicitor general Heather Forsyth, Edmonton police chief Dale McFee and Tyler White, CEO of Siksika Health Services.
This comes two weeks after the UCP government passed Bill 8, which aims to protect survivors of human trafficking.
The first two meetings of the task force are set for May 20 and 21.