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B.C. introduces law to prevent criminals from making money from their crimes

VICTORIA — Serial killer Robert Pickton and other notorious criminals in British Columbia 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 that if the law is passed, the province would be allowed to take revenue earned from publications by criminals and distribute it to victims and 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.

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 trafficking in persons.

The Canadian Press

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