Panel: Kim Pate / Tammy Landau / Patrick Radden Keefe
Quite frankly, its shocking and obviously I can't speak for the RCMP but they're the leaders in the human trafficking area and a quick consult ... consultation with their organization and they are certainly not aware of any similar cases at this time, now that's to say their aren't any but it's shocking. - Staff Sergeant John McGetrick
Staff Sergeant John McGetrick isn't the only one shocked by the brutal crimes alleged to have been committed last year in an Ottawa suburb. The three people alleged to be responsible for those crimes went to trial this week.
Three teenaged girls are charged with human trafficking, kidnapping, forcible confinement and sexual assault. The girls were between the ages of 15 and 17 when the alleged crimes took place which is just one of the things Ottawa Police Chief Charles Bordeleau found shocking.
While police say the profile of human traffickers in Canada is trending younger, violent crime skews overwhelmingly male. According to Statistics Canada, 83 per cent of those accused of a violent crime against women are male. The fact that three teenaged girls have been accused of human trafficking and sexual assault has sparked a debate about the role that gender plays in our justice system and whether it's an appropriate one.
For their thoughts on that question, we were joined now by three people.
Kim Pate is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. She was in Ottawa.
Tammy Landau is a Criminology Professor at Ryerson University. She was in Toronto.
And Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer for The New Yorker Magazine, and a fellow at the Century Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Center. His book is called The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream. He was in Washington, D.C.
This segment was produced by The Current's Jessica deMello.
Artist: The Dears
CD: Gang of Losers
Cut: # 9, Whites Only Party
Label: Maple Music
Spine: MRCD 6459
Promo: Bull-Fighting Documentary
Bull-fighting is a bloody but much beloved art form in Spain ... a national icon to some. In recent years criticism from animal activists has been sharp ... but what has really wounded the industry these days is the economic downturn. Olivia Soto is a mid-level bullfighter or Torero ... trying to make a living by "expressing himself," as he calls it, in the ring.
Monday on The Current, we'll have a special documentary by freelance journalist Caroline Arbour. It's called Debt in The Afternoon. We aired a preview.
Last Word - Pierre Elliott Trudeau
Shakespeare wrote that "What's past is prologue." And by all measures, it appears the Liberal Party of Canada is going to prove that this weekend. Public opinion polls, delegate counts and fundraising all suggest that Justin Trudeau is poised to win the party's leadership ... 45 years and about a week after his father took the helm.
We ended the program with Pierre Elliott Trudeau's speech from the early morning hours of April 6th, 1968.
Other segments from today's show: