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BC introduces law to prevent criminals from making money from their crimes

(Martin MacMahon, NEWS 1130 Photo)

VICTORIA – Serial killer Robert Pickton and other notorious criminals in BC will no longer be able to profit from their crimes.

Public Safety Minister Mike Morris says proposed legislation prevents murderers and others convicted of serious crimes from making money through books and other memorabilia.

He says anyone who commits a serious crime should not benefit from their notoriety.

“The legislation will ensure that any profits earned from the recounting of designated crimes through a book or memoir or selling memorabilia do not go back to the criminal. Proceeds collected by government under this legislation would be paid to support victims or their families.”

The legislation was prompted by the publication earlier this year of a book reportedly written by Pickton, a move that drew condemnation from Premier Christy Clark and the federal public safety minister.

The 144-page book titled “Pickton: In His Own Words” was briefly listed for sale on the Amazon website. It was promptly removed after complaints.

Morris says the proposed law will apply to criminals convicted of serious or violent crimes, including murder, sexual offences, child exploitation, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and human trafficking.