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Canada will not provide the paperwork for foreign workers in the sex industry.

Canada will not provide the paperwork for foreign workers in the sex industry.

Canadians will no longer be able to hire temporary foreign workers as exotic dancers or for other sex-trade work under changes to be made by the federal government, CBC news has reported.

Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced July 4 that they would no longer provide the paperwork needed to bring in temporary foreign workers for employment in the sex industry.

Finley’s department, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, will “issue negative Labor Market Opinions” for applications from employers linked to the sex trade, which will deny them permission to hire temporary foreign workers. As of July 14, Kenney’s department will stop processing new work permit applications from temporary foreign workers who plan to work for strip clubs, escort services and massage parlors.

The release says the negative labor market opinions will also apply to other businesses linked to the sex trade, “particularly if there is a heightened risk of abuse or exploitation of workers.”

Protecting foreign workers

The temporary foreign worker program is jointly managed by the two departments and is intended to fill gaps in Canada’s labor market. Finley and Kenney say the move will protect temporary foreign workers who could otherwise be exploited.

Immigration officials got greater power under recent legislation to deny work permits if they believed there was a threat of exploitation or risk in general.

The exotic dancer option has been less and less available over the years, with only 496 visas issued between 2006 and 2011, much less than the 1,713 visas issued to exotic dancers between 2001 and 2005. The majority of permits issued recently have been for people who are already in Canada, as opposed to those who applied for the permits.

“If there’s a risk of exploitation, a risk of human trafficking for that individual, then we’re going to protect that individual and say no,” Finley said, reported CBS news.

July/06/2012

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