Open letter to Immigration Minister

In 1998, a controversial immigration visa program was introduced in Canada. This led to a fast-tracking of foreign nationals into Canada to fill a labour shortage of exotic dancers in the sex trade. Since then, the Government has implemented measures to prevent criminals from exploiting Canada’s Immigration policies. On July 4, 2012, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced that Citizenship and Immigration Canada would no longer process new work permit applications from temporary foreign workers intending to work in sex trade-related businesses.

In response, the Executive Director of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada (AEAC), Tim Lambrinos, has issued various statements to the press to undermine this new policy. Lambrinos has threatened to: a) recruit Canadian high school girls; b) recruit Canadian men to marry foreign nationals, so that these individuals can enter Canada and work in the sex trade; and c) give your local police the authority to accredit sex trade businesses as “safe”.

Lambrinos’ strategies are a direct attack on the security and safety of Canada. This is appalling, offensive, and horrifying!! Please send the following letter to Immigration Minister Jason Kenney: Minister@cic.gc.ca

——–

Dear Immigration Minister Jason Kenney,

With the many changes Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has been making this year to improve the system and maintain the vision of a stronger Canada that is safe and secure with a shared bond of citizenship and values, we applaud your efforts and the efforts of those employed by CIC.

On July 4, 2012, you announced that effective July 14, 2012, CIC would no longer process new work permit applications from temporary foreign workers intending to work in sex trade-related businesses. In reaction to this CIC initiative, Tim Lambrinos, executive director of the Adult Entertainment Association of Canada (AEAC) publicly stated that he would promote the recruitment of Canadian 18 year old females at high schools and public places, such as malls.

We applaud the initiative of CIC to protect foreign workers from the risk of abuse and exploitation in sex trade related businesses. We further view this initiative to be in line with the commitments outlined under the Protection and Assistance for Victims Pillar in the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

Given the public outcry regarding Lambrinos’ initial intent to recruit Canadian 18 year old females into the sex trade industry, he has revised his plans. AEAC’s new strategy is to recruit Canadian men to marry foreign nationals so that these foreign nationals can be sponsored to come to or remain in Canada while being employed in the sex trade industry. We have also learned that AEAC’s lawyer, Richard Kurland, is hoping to reverse the negative Labour Market Opinions for all applications from employers linked to the sex trade, and resume the processing of new work permit applications from temporary foreign workers intending to work for the sex trade industry. To do so, Kurland proposes to lobby politicians for support and submit a proposal that will allow work permits to be issued to certain sex trade-related businesses that local police deem “safe”. Kurland plans to obtain approval for a one-year pilot program to operate in Toronto by issuing his proposal to your office.

We respectfully ask whether you have received Kurland’s proposal? If you do, will you be providing the public with an informed rationale of your decision regarding approval or rejection?

Nevertheless, in anticipation of Kurland’s proposal, we would like to voice our strong opposition towards a pilot project that will undermine the initiative to protect foreign workers from the risk of abuse and exploitation in the sex trade industry. The approval of such a proposal will only continue to mark Canada as a destination for sex trafficking. We also believe that any proposal that provides an exception to a small number of sex trade-related businesses to acquire foreign nationals as temporary foreign workers, will circumvent the commitments outlined in the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking and serve as a loophole for individuals to continue to meet the demands of consumers of the sex trade. We further request that CIC continue to monitor and take action against marriage fraud, and create new policies that will identify and penalize those who submit a sponsorship application for a foreign national spouse or partner with the intent of supplying workers to the sex trade industry in Canada.

We thank you for your time and look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Supporter of A Million Acts of Sustainability