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Ontarians watched in disbelief and horror as Premier Doug Ford exploited the deadly third wave of COVID-19 to reinstate the racist and reprehensible practice of carding. Many have sprung into action to resist. But outside of public scrutiny, Premier Ford continues to expand policing powers in Ontario.

Ontario’s Bill 251 is named the Combating Human Trafficking Act, but this law will do nothing to prevent human trafficking. Bill 251 will only expand police powers to racially profile all residents while targeting sex workers. Because the law is framed as being about “protection” and “combating human trafficking”, Bill 251 has thus far escaped scrutiny despite its dangerous and far-reaching consequences.

Bill 251 gives unchecked power to police and a new cadre of “inspectors” — including the ability to conduct sweeping surveillance with no oversight.

This will put more Black, Indigenous and racialized communities, especially migrants, youth, women and sex workers at risk.

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Butterfly's submission

The following organizations have signed the statement as well as committed to stand in solidarity and fight against Bill 251:

ANSWERS

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

African Sex Workers Alliance

AQUA (Asian Queer Alliance)

Asociación Civil Cambio y Acción

Asociación de mujeres ts liquidambar

BAYSWAN

Butterfly (Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network )

Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform

CAYR Community Connections

Centre for Gender and Sexual Health Equity

Chinese Canadian Collective

Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter

Communities Against Criminalization

Community Justice Collective

CSSP Legal Clinic

Decent Work and Health Network

Decriminalize Sex Work

Doctors for Defunding Police

Empower Foundation

Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS)

FCJ REFUGEE CENTRE

Filipinas of HamOnt

Freedom United

Friends of Chinatown Toronto

Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance

Global Alliance Against Trafficking in Women Canada

Good For Her

Hamilton Asian Alliance

Harm Reduction Hawaii

Harmony House

Health Providers Against Poverty

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario

HIV Legal Network

Hollaback! Ottawa

Justice for Migrant Workers

Kensington market tenant network

LAEN- The Latinx, Afro-Latin-America, Abya Yala Education Network

Latinx, Afro-Latin-America, Abya Yala Education Network

Le PIaMP

LEFÖ - Beratung, Bildung und Begleitung für Migrantinnen

Migrante Ontario

New Harlem Productions

No One Is Illegal

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

No Pride in Policing Coalition

North York Women's Shelter

OHIP for All

Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women

Parkdale Community Legal Services

Poverty Kills 2020

POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau Work Educate Resist)

Queer Ontario

Queer Sex Workers Initiative for Refugees

Queerit

Rittenhouse: A New Vision

SAFETY Ottawa

Sanctuary Students Solidarity & Support Collective

Sex Professionals of Canada (SPOC)

Sex Workers' Action Network of Waterloo Region

Sistering

South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario

South Riverdale Community Health Centre

St James Infirmary

Stella, l'amie de Maimie

Sudbury Workers Education and Advocacy Centre

SURJ Toronto

SWAN Waterloo

SWAP Hamilton

SWOP BEHIND BARS

Talk Future Canada

Tea Base

The Bike Brigade

The Biking Lawyer LLP

The Leap

The People’s Pantry

Toronto Prisoners Rights Project

Toronto Street Nurses Network

Trans Pride Toronto

University of Toronto Law Union

Utsopi, Belgium

WomanACT