No Body Rub Parlour next to youth centre
  • Petitioned Edmonton Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

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Project # 134683056-004 / Project Address 8706-118 Avenue
Edmonton Subdivision & Development Appeal Board

No Body Rub Parlour next to youth centre

    1. Petition by

      Crystal Kids Youth Centre

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April 2013

Victory

There will be no body rub parlour opening up next to Crystal Kids!! On Friday morning Ha Yung Tso, who had applied to open a body rub parlour on our block, went to the Edmonton Subdivision and Development Appeal Board to withdraw her application. The day before her interpreter and business manager had been arrested as part of a broader investigation into sex trafficking in Edmonton and was charged with "living off the avails of prostitution." Thank you to everyone who supported us and signed our petition. Because of the pressure you helped generate, the kids who depend on our drop in centre will be safe from the sex trade risks that a body rub parlour would pose! Also, all of us at Crystal Kids want to say that we would be very supportive of Ha Yung Tso opening a more wholesome business that would benefit the 118th Avenue community!

I'm the director of Crystal Kids Youth Centre, a 20 year old charity that works with Edmonton’s most vulnerable youth. I have worked with countless young women who have been at risk of being recruited into the sex trade. In fact my staff and I have actually stopped the recruitment of several underage girls who were being groomed to work in body rub (massage parlours) and the sex trade. 

Now, we're fighting against a body rub parlor from moving in two doors down, just 10 meters away from our youth centre. It would be unconscionable to allow this parlor to move in next to a centre for youth vulnerable to the sex trade. This could erase years of work our staff have put in mentoring these children to make healthy lifestyle choices. We are also concerned that clients looking to purchase sexual services at the parlor will pose an even more dangerous threat of soliciting our youth and staff.

In just a couple weeks the Edmonton Subdivision and Development Appeal Board will be asked to grant a development permit for a Personal Service Shop allowing the owner to open a body rub parlour. We'll be attending that meeting and presenting this petition.

Others on 118th avenue are concerned as well. The Avenue Vineyard Community Church continues to make a conscious effort to love and serve our community. The church community includes many children (a number of which would be considered at risk), recovering addicts and some women intentionally trying to exit the street lifestyle.

In this regard, the possibility of a Body Rub Parlour being located two doors down from where we meet is an enormous concern for the members of the Community Church also.  The church purposely strives to cultivate a safe place for people to meet and grow spiritually. In no way does a Body Rub Parlour bring beauty or life to this struggling community – it simply compounds the risks for vulnerable community members.

The purpose of this campaign is to show the Edmonton Subdivision & Development Appeal Board that the social risks of this permit to the community are much too high,

If you support this cause, PLEASE sign our petition (which will also send your individual support to the Subdivision & Development Appeal Board) and SHARE this cause with everyone you know. Please show the Board that the work being done in this community to turn things around for the citizens MATTERS - and that they should support those organizations and their initiatives by denying this appeal.

Thank you, Miri Peterson, Executive Director of Crystal Kids

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Massage parlour application withdrawn

      An application to open a massage parlour just doors from an inner city youth centre has fallen through.
      The owner of the building has withdrawn her application just days after her interpreter was arrested.

      http://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/massage-parlour-application-withdrawn-1.1227315

    2. Reached 15,000 signatures
    3. Body rub parlour hearing put off following arrest (CBC News Video footage)

      A city hearing pitting a body rub parlour against a drop-in centre for troubled youth was sidelined after the owner's representative was arrested on prostitution-related charges.
      Edmonton police arrest Simon Shum on prostitution-related charges shortly before a hearing into a proposed massage parlour. (CBC)"I think that speaks volumes to the fact that we're shining a light on this," said Miri Peterson, executive director of Crystal Kids. "Whatever they claim the business may be, it's evident that it may not be forthcoming in what their true intentions are".
      The Edmonton Subdivision and Appeal Board was to hear an appeal by T'so Ha Yung who wants to open an erotic massage parlour on 118th Avenue and 88th avenue... see link to story here:
      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/story/2013/04/04/edmonton-crystal-kids-arrest.html

    4. Appellant's representative / interpreter arrested prior to hearing

      Twitter comment from Scott Stevenson, CBC reporter witnessing the arrest...outside the hearing at the Sub Division Development and Appeal Board today at Noon. "Appellant's representative / interpreter arrested prior to hearing for living off the avails of prostitution." #yeg #cbcby Scott Stevenson via twitter on Thursday, April 04, 2013 at 1:16:20 PM

    5. Reached 12,500 signatures
    6. Petition and Support Growing to Stop the Body Rub Parlor

      CBC will be updating Edmontonians on our campaign tonight. The Globe and Mail will be featuring our story on Friday April 5th. The Edmonton Sun is also featuring an article about our petition later tis week. The NAIT students are behind us and featured an article in their newspaper that can be read online at : http://www.thenuggetonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/March28ForWeb2.pdf

    7. Reached 10,000 signatures
    8. Catch us on Global Edmonton News this evening early and late editions...

      Local Global News today interviewed Miri Peterson, Executive Director of Crystal Kids and Wayne Thomas, Pastor of Avenue Vineyard Church that meets in our building! The link to the story online http://globalnews.ca/video/438300/personal-service-shop

    9. Reached 9,000 signatures
    10. Reached 6,000 signatures
    11. Crystal Kids on CBC news tonight

      Thanks for all of the exposure you've created by sharing this cause!
      The buzz is gaining about this important issue, and Crystal Kids representatives will be on CBC local (Edmonton) news tonight. Please tune in between 5 and 6:30pm (Mountain time) for more information, and continue to SHARE this petition to keep the momentum alive!
      Thank you for your support!
      Crystal Kids Youth Centre

    12. Reached 1,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Kyla Campbell EDMONTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      It Causes the children to see an ugly side of life

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    • tiffany alexandre EDMONTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      When I was younger the area was alot worse then it is now. I felt like crystal lids was a safe place to get away and just be a kid. If the massage parlor was built there then all the time and effort put into making this area better would be wasted because this would draw them back to this area. Kids should not have to be subjected to this sort of place.

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    • Katherine Walden EDMONTON, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      I love your attitude concerning your potential neighbour and that was my thought as well. I hope that the community rallies beside her as she seems sincere in wanting to be a positive force in the community. Often newcomers to Canada are taken advantage of by those who would offer to 'mediate and translate' for them, without being aware of just what those so called 'good-hearted' advisors are really up to.

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    • Pamela Hill BLACK DIAMOND, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      to save at least 1 child

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    • amanda weiler TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Kids should not be exploited just because they are at a youth centre.

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