Some Saskatoon groups that work with at-risk youths are warning that changes to Saskatchewan's liquor laws will lead to more human trafficking.
Saskatchewan is the only province that doesn't allow stripping where alcohol is served. This July the province is peeling back some of the rules, allowing booze and partial nudity.
Don Meikle, acting executive director of Egadz, said the new regulations will lead to more abuse and violence against women.
'They're going to start looking for girls to fill these clubs. And that's where you start seeing human trafficking' —Don Meike, EGADZ
"They're going to start looking for girls to fill these clubs," he said. "And that's where you start seeing human trafficking."
The government said the liquor rules needed updating and it doesn't expect the changes will lead to a boom in strip clubs because they don't permit full nudity.
But Savelia Cuniski said it's a slippery slope. Curniski heads a volunteer group that raises awareness about human trafficking. Many women involved in stripping are forced into the profession, which often feeds the sex and trafficking trades, she said.
" You have what's happening in the front of the stripping, " she said. "But what's happening in the back? And that's where the human trafficking really comes in."
The public has become apathetic to stripping, Curniski said, adding that it is demeaning to women. She said more education is needed to find out what's driving the demand.