OTTAWA – The Adult Entertainment Association of Canada slammed the government for moving to ban temporary foreign workers from baring all.
Canada will no longer process temporary foreign worker applications for those who wish to work at strip clubs, massage parlours or as escorts, Human Resources Minister Diane Finley and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced Wednesday.
But Tim Lambrinos, president of the AEAC, said stripping doesn't belong in that list.
“These women are entertainers. They’re performers,” he said.
The AEAC is a self-described “not-for-profit business stakeholder organization designed to serve the needs of the adult entertainment industry.”
“There is no performance in a massage parlour. There’s no entertainment there,” Lambrinos said. “I think it is unfair.”
Finley said temporary foreign workers who come to Canada to work in “sex-trade related businesses” are especially at risk of being used or abused.
“The victims of human trafficking, who are mostly women, are denied a normal life and are compelled to provide labour or sexual services … for the profit of their controllers,” she said.
“We have good reason to believe that temporary foreign workers entering Canada to work in businesses related to the sex trade are at risk.”
Lambrinos is worried foreign nationals who currently work as exotic dancers will lose their permits and will be pushed into “more precarious and dangerous situations.”
“It is going to pull the rug out from under their feet,” he said. “These women are not criminals.”
AEAC has consulted a lawyer and hasn’t ruled out challenging the government over its new rules in court.
The group is also planning to protest the government changes on Parliament Hill.