Thursday, May 8, 1997

Canadian Press

p. A19.

Business-licence fees to aid sex-trade workers

KAMPLOOPS -- A pilot program designed to help sex-trade workers has been launched.

The project, bankrolled by increased business-licence fees for escort agencies and body-rub parlors, was unaminously endorsed by council.

The program, touted the first of its kind in B.C., is designed to identify social and health-care needs of prostitutes and come up with resources to help get them out of the industry.

Surplus revenue from licence fees, which jumped to $3,000 from 192.50, will foot part of the bill. It's anticipated the increases will generate $10,000 a year.

An additional $15,000 will come from a provincial grant, with another $3,500 from the federal government.

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