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TORONTO -- If Imani Nakpangi had been convicted of human trafficking in the United States, he would have faced at least 20 years in jail.

In Canada, he was handed five years -- three for trafficking a teenager and two for living off the avails of a teenaged prostitute.

There is no mandatory minimum sentence for human trafficking convictions in Canada, not even for children.

 

A private member's bill to be tabled in the House of Commons this afternoon will set out to change that.

Winnipeg MP Joy Smith, who has crusaded tirelessly to raise awareness about slavery in Canada, will introduce a bill calling for a minimum sentence of five years for those who traffic minors, the Sun has learned.

In a country that is several strides behind in addressing the flesh trade, this is Smith's latest effort to catch up.

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