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Opposition MPs, including two from the London area, are coming together to demand the Liberal government make funding available to keep alive programs aiding human trafficking victims.

The request, made in a letter and news conference Thursday, comes after women’s agencies, including the London Abused Women’s Centre (LAWC), said this month they were no longer receiving federal money for such programs, effectively forcing them to shut down.

“These programs are vital. These programs save lives. These programs give people a second chance,” MP Karen Vecchio (C-Elgin–Middlesex–London), said Thursday.

Women’s agencies say they were left in a tough spot after funding to support these programs ended in April.

And while agencies applied for new money Ottawa announced last year to support human trafficking programs, it has yet to arrive.

“The government announced $75 million, but this money is not being delivered to the front-line agencies at a time that they need it most,” Vecchio said. “So my question to this government is: ‘Where is the money?’ ”

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