UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre Child Trafficking Research Hub
   Contact usmail   
Internship program


Research project



This sections contains a database of documents on child trafficking. Users can research by title, author, editor/organization, type, topic, keywords, geographic descriptors and year of publication.
 New search

Type of document: News
Topic: Actions/initiatives/projects
Law enforcement
Policy and Planning
Trafficking patterns
Geographic descriptors: Japan
Language: English
Publisher: kansascity.com
Date of publication: 19 November 2004
Long Abstract: Titled "Human Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation in Japan," the report apportioned about 20 percent of its 81 pages to victims in Japan. The report cited case studies compiled by ILO staffers and others who interviewed female victims and says many women did not come to Japan aiming to become prostitutes, but were forced to do so. According to the report, a 20-year-old Colombian woman came to Japan because she had been told she could work at a personal computer shop, but on her arrival, gangsters took her passport and forced her to work as a prostitute in Tokyo. A Thai woman who had been promised a job at a Thai restaurant was told by a Japanese man that she owed him 4.8 million yen for traveling costs, among other expenses, the report says. She was forced to work at a bar in a provincial area and have sex with three to four men a day, the report says. A Filipina who refused to cooperate was beaten and raped by her employer in front of his male employees, according to the report. Women from Southeast Asia, South America and Eastern Europe have become victims of human trafficking, but Japanese bureaucrats seem to be blind to the issue, regarding them as illegal residents who entered the country of their own will, the report says. In Japan, "victims of trafficking may be perceived to be voluntary participants in illegal immigration, which thereby removes their right to protection," the report added. The report points out that "traffickers retain their profits and are rarely prosecuted. When they are, it is not necessarily in proportion to their crimes." But the report praises the government's attempts to "address human trafficking since the beginning of 2004." In the U.S. State Department's annual Trafficking in Persons Report, Japan was the only industrially developed country to be included in the Tier 2 List for Trafficking. Countries on the list do not meet minimum U.S. standards for combating trafficking, but are making efforts to comply.
Files: ( doc 28 KB )

UNICEF Home | Contact us | Copyright | Technical Support ©UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre