Program combats human trafficking

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Crime is paying off, just not for the criminals committing it.
The province is providing new funding for police services to support programs tailored to the unique needs of each local community. The program uses forfeited money generated from criminal activity to assist victims and prevent other crimes. This year, $1.7 million will be invested back into key safety priorities and victim supports in communities across Ontario.
Of that, $96,537 is being invested in Simcoe County to fund the Barrie Police Service’s Project Safe Horizon. This grant will provide a victim advocate and, in partnership with the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe Muskoka’s newly established Barrie location, provide a continuum of care for recovered human trafficking victims.
Project Safe Horizon is an initiative that will focus primarily on the victim and their safety, both immediate and longer term care, in the hopes of ending human trafficking in our area. The collaborative effort will allow agencies to effectively react to victims of human trafficking, in order to provide all the necessary services.
“The Barrie Police Service remains committed to creating new innovative initiatives designed to combat human trafficking and ensure victim safety. We will continue to support a collaborative focus on the investigation, treatment and prosecution on human trafficking,” says Chief Kimberley Greenwood, Barrie Police Service.


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