“Those seeking to recruit Canadian students to the sex trade are empowered by public apathy, and emboldened by indifference,” said Member of Parliament Joy Smith. “Thus, I welcome the unequivocal action the BC Government has taken in writing to colleges and universities warning them of the very real threat of sex trade recruiters targeting their students.”
On August 29 BC’s Advanced Education Minister Naomi Yamamoto wrote a letter to BC colleges and universities warning them, "Students, who often feel new stresses due to new living environments and managing their own affairs for the first time, may be tempted by these monetary inducements. Many initiatives are in place to ensure students have access to our province's world class institutions. It should not be necessary for students to submit themselves to the risks potentially involved in working in the adult entertainment business."
“High schools, collages, and universities fall under provincial jurisdiction,” said MP Joy Smith, “Therefore, I am encouraging the other provincial governments to follow BC’s lead and send a clear message to those seeking to lure Canadian students into strip joints and escort services: Canadian students are not for sale.”