Ottawa bans sex trade businesses from hiring foreign workers

Calgary - “Frankly this should have been done a long time ago,” said Immigration Minister Jason Kenney at a press conference announcing the ban on sex trade industry employers from hiring workers outside the country, according to a news release.

Speaking alongside Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley, Kenney asked why the federal government would permit work visas for foreign women who are at risk of being abused, trafficked and exploited. By denying sex trade businesses foreign workers “we’re protecting them from what they might not know will happen to them when they get to Canada.”

“Our government is committed to protecting all workers from abuse, exploitation and demeaning work,” said the Human Resources Minister. “Through collaborative partnerships and preventative action, these new measures will further strengthen Canada's National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, which was launched in early June.”

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