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Ontario PC leader tries to tackle human trafficking in Sudbury

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown spent some time in Sudbury on Thursday talking with the city's police force about human trafficking.

Human trafficking becoming a 'bigger issue' and police aren't equipped to deal with it, says Brown

Conservative MPP Patrick Brown was in Sudbury to discuss human trafficking with local law enforcement. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown spent some time in Sudbury on Thursday talking with the city's police force about human trafficking.

Women's issues critic for the party, Laurie Scott, was with him.

Brown said Scott has been tirelessly calling on the Liberal government to take action on human trafficking in Ontario because it is a rapidly growing crime.

"Unfortunately it is becoming a bigger issue in Ontario," Brown said.

"There's been attempts to really profit from human trafficking by criminal organizations and entities. And it's something that a lot of police forces aren't equipped currently to deal with."

Brown said much work has to be done to put together a strategy to fight human trafficking.

That work includes co-ordinating law enforcement efforts, as well as increasing funding and resources for police.

Brown said police budgets are already stretched and need support to combat the trade of humans.

With files from Wendy Bird. Edited/packaged by Casey Stranges

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