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

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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