In Calgary today, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced new rules that effectively bar the sex trade industry from hiring foreign workers. We’re told that the measures seek to stop the abuse and exploitation of foreign sex workers “who come to Canada to work and wind up being exploited.”
First, the Conservatives are using public policy to legislate morality in Canada. They’re playing to their social conservative base.
Second, the measures are an extension of the anti-immigrant / foreigner strain that runs through the Conservative government’s recent legislation and measures, particularly: the refugee Bill C-31, cuts to healthcare benefits for asylum seekers and last year’s crackdown on so called foreign nationals suspected of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity overseas.
If the goal is to protect vulnerable foreign women, why not clamp down on the johns who exploit and abuse the women? The traffickers?
The sex trade industry is alive and well. Will continue to thrive. It remains legal in Canada. But now Canadian citizens and residents will take the place of the barred foreign” workers as strippers and exotic dancers. And the abuse that goes with it.
And oh, because the industry is alive and well and there’s a demand for exotic dancers, the “foreigners” will use illegal means to get into Canada. Including paying fortunes to be smuggled in. And then the feds will catch up with them and throw them into jail for entering the country illegal… Never mind, the whole thing just makes me sick.