Asian homestay students attending high school in British Columbia are more likely than Canadian peers to smoke, use drugs and engage in early sex, according to a University of B.C. study released yesterday.

The survey found that 23 per cent of homestay girls were sexually abused — compared to nine per cent of immigrant or Canadian-born girls — and were twice as likely to be sexually active.

Elizabeth Saewyc, study co-author, said there’s a need for greater oversight.

“We have systems in place for licensing day care providers and foster parents,” she said.

“Shouldn’t we also have systems for protecting foreign teens?”

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