01/22/2013 01:24 EST | Updated 03/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Escort Service Proposal In Kitimat Draws Concerns


Religious leaders in Kitimat, B.C., are voicing their concerns about a proposed new escort service.

A local businessman believes the northwest town's booming economy will create a demand for that type of business.

But Don Reid, pastor of Mountain View Alliance Church, says an escort service will harm the community.

"An escort service, I believe, preys on probably the most vulnerable within our community and so I have grave concerns,” he said.

"You're taking a high, at-risk business, and putting it into a small town. And the only reason there's an application is that there's a money trail at this point in time coming into Kitimat with all the boom that they're talking about."

The business application is before Kitimat city council.

Reid and other Christian leaders have written a letter asking council to reject it.

"This isn't just a moral issue, but there's going to be social, emotional, and physical fallout all the way through the community,” Reid said.

The city is collecting public feedback on the proposal before making a decision.

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