New NAFTA agreement could help protect children from sexual exploitation

Canada’s global voice against child sexual exploitation is praising trade negotiators for trying to protect children from trafficking in the new NAFTA agreement.According to Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada, negotiators listened to and acted on concerns about potentially troubling language in the agreement, that could have shielded sex traffickers.Story continues below

READ MORE: Child sexual exploitation in Canada: survivors reveal terrifying reality“Beyond Borders/ECPAT Canada had been concerned that the agreement might include a blanket prohibition which would prevent Canada from imposing liability on internet providers for content,” said senior legal counsel David Matas in a release.“We are pleased to see that the agreement would allow Canada to hold internet providers liable for online sexual exploitation of children. The rights of children here, as elsewhere, has to be a primary consideration.”