Human Trafficking In Japan: An Older Report But Still Worth Reading

From 2006 to 2007, I worked on US State Department sponsored project to study human trafficking in Japan, and contributed a large portion of the final report. At the time, Japan had serious problems with a thriving trafficking industry.  I would reluctantly have to say that things have improved a great deal since the original report was written. Human trafficking in Japan hasn’t been eradicated but there seem to be fewer victims and the harsher penalties and enforcement have made it a less profitable business venture. However, you may find the report interesting in its discussions of links between anti-social elements and Japanese politicians. The link to the documentary and the printed report should be available by clicking the red map of Japan. 

The Kabukicho area used to be a hot bed of human trafficking but like many parts of Tokyo, it has been cleaned up considerably.
The Kabukicho area used to be a hot bed of human trafficking but like many parts of Tokyo, it has been cleaned up considerably.

 

This report, while now out of date, does give good insight into Japan's sex industry and the criminal elements involved in it.
This report from 2007 does give good insight into Japan's sex industry and the political and anti-social forces that make the industry ripe for exploitation.

9 thoughts on “Human Trafficking In Japan: An Older Report But Still Worth Reading”

  1. I work as an educator in the field of human trafficking and i’m very interested in reading this report. I also lived in Japan for 3 years and spend a lot of time studying human trafficking in southeast asia. is there another way to obtain it? (since clicking on the report doesn’t work)
    thanks

  2. I am preparing to present the issue of human trafficking in Japan to university students at a local Tokyo university. I have lived in Japan for the past 10 years and would be very interested in reading the report as I prepare my presentation. Would it be possible for me to have a copy of the document as well? Thanks!

  3. Hi Jake,
    Could I get a copy of this report from you? I’m working on a policy paper on human trafficking (which I’m happy to share with you when I finish). Hope you are doing well!

  4. Hi Jake. Is it possible I could get a copy of the article from you. I am working on a research topic about legalisation of sex industry within Japan which could possibly leads to promotion of sex trafficking. Thank you very much!

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