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House of Commons

Ottawa, Ontario

K1A 0A6

 

I am writing as one of your constituents to express my concerns regarding the current laws pertaining to Child Luring. The current legislation regarding on-line luring is not an effective deterrent to those who prey on-line to abuse Canadian children, nor is it proportionate to the damage caused to victims. A mandatory minimum sentence of six months would rectify these discrepancies.  

The damage sexual abuse and exploitation cause to children is life long and is well documented. The laws need to reflect this.

 

The current legislation regarding online luring is as follows;

 

172.1. Luring a child 

172.1 (1) Every person commits an offence who, by a means of telecommunication, communicates with

(a) a person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 18 years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence under subsection 153(1), section 155, 163.1, 170 or 171 or subsection 212(1), (2), (2.1) or (4) with respect to that person;

(b) a person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 16 years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence under section 151 or 152, subsection 160(3) or 173(2) or section 271, 272, 273 or 280 with respect to that person; or

(c) a person who is, or who the accused believes is, under the age of 14 years, for the purpose of facilitating the commission of an offence under section 281 with respect to that person.

Punishment

(2) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of

(a) is guilty of an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10 years and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of one year; or

(b) is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction and is liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 18 months and to a minimum punishment of imprisonment for a term of 90 days.

Although the criminal code above has introduced legal definitions and penalties addressing online luring, child exploitation, and child grooming, we would like to see a minimum term of imprisonment of 182 days or 6 months.

 

Online predators are being found guilty and not receiving penalties that are proportionate to the damage done to the children that they are victimizing. 

 

Thank You for your time and consideration to protect children in all communities across Canada.

 

Sincerely,

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