Posts Tagged ‘human trafficking

Are strip clubs gateways for human trafficking?

- November 23rd, 2012


You may remember a story from last summer about strip club owners publicly throwing a fit after the federal government stopped granting visas to foreigners who want to come to Canada to disrobe for money.

The Sun story began like this:

TORONTO – Recruiters of teenage strippers may soon be scouring Toronto high schools in search of female students who can be groomed into disrobing part-time as exotic dancers to earn college tuition.

A flyer praising the benefits of the burlesque trade has been produced to target students in high schools, colleges and universities in the Toronto area, says a group representing dancers and club owners.

The brochure claims working as a dancer pays well, offers flexible hours and makes a “great part-time job to raise college tuition.”

You can read the rest here.

A great part-time job to raise college tuition? Some might say so, but at least one university student in London, Ont. hoping to study medicine wouldn’t. For ‘Jasmine’, the strip club  became her gateway to human trafficking, prostitution, and rape. Here’s part of a recent story I wrote: Read more…

Fighting human trafficking on two tracks

- June 7th, 2012

As the federal government unveils its new strategy to fight human trafficking, a private member’s bill dealing with the issue is making progress towards passage in the Senate.  The House of Commons sent Bill C-310, brought forward by Conservative MP Joy Smith, to the Senate in April.  It’s already passed 2nd Reading there and is now being studied by a committee before being brought back to the floor of the Senate. Read more…

The fight against human trafficking moves forward

- May 1st, 2012


A Conservative private member’s bill that would let Canadian cops go abroad to arrest Canadian citizens and permanent residents suspected of trafficking people, is now in the hands of the Senate.  The House of Commons unanimously passed Bill C-310 on Friday, 27 April.  Now, Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu – known as a tough-on-crime senator – will guide the bill through the upper house. Read more…