Haliburton, Kawartha, Lakes Brock M.P.P. Laurie Scott says awareness is higher for a terrible crime.

Scott hosted an open forum on human trafficking in Toronto on Tuesday to recognize the first ever Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Ontario, which is today.

Despite being a member of the opposition in Queen’s Park, Scott’s Saving the Girl Next Door Act was passed into law on May 18th.

The bill calls for better support services for victims as well as allowing victims to sue their traffickers for damages.

Scott says she is thrilled that more awareness has been raised towards the crime.

Scott adds that parents should keep a closer eye on what their children are up to.

Scott says she will continue to host public events around the province to bring more attention to human trafficking.

She also says it can take a child 24 hours to be trafficked from when a handler first contacts a potential victim.