2013’s U.S. Global Human Trafficking Report, Japan Once More Fails to “Meet Minimum Standards”
FROM POLARIS PROJECT
|In the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report 2013, released on June 20th, Japan for the 13th year in a row ranks as a tier 2 country that despite efforts “does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking.”
The reason lies in part due to Japanese laws not in the least even
meeting the United Nations’ standards for necessary legislation against
Polaris Project Japan (PPJ) also took part in the process of providing information for this report. In particular, the report reflected the experiences of PPJ this last year in dealing with female and child victims who have been psychologically manipulated by captors and the ensuing difficulties present laws have with effectively responding to human trafficking employing such means.
Below we present a summary of the report’s finding on Japan.
(To see the whole report click here.)
Summary of Report’s Findings on JapanGeneral:
Recommendation to Japan:
About Human Trafficking
Human trafficking refers to the act of placing people under the control of another with the purpose of exploiting them sexually or via forced labor and has been termed “modern slavery.” The number of people trafficked and living in conditions of slavery has currently risen to 21 million, according to the UN. Believed to be the fastest growing illegal industry, world wide efforts are being taken to prevent and eradicate modern slavery. In Japan as well, human trafficking is a grave problem. Japan is a destination country for many foreigners who are forced to work in its sex industry, known in the international community as a “human trafficking destination superpower.” Furthermore, many Japanese citizens also become victims of child prostitution, child pornography, and forced prostitution and labor in the sex industry.
About Polaris Project Japan www.PolarisProject.jp
Founded in 2004 in Tokyo, Polaris Project Japan is a non-profit group committed to combating modern day slavery in Japan. We do this through advocacy work and by building on the ground relationships with victims of sexual and labor exploitation. We also hold seminars to raise awareness and train civil servants who came in contract with potential victims on how to assist and rescue victims of human trafficking. Through our hotlines we have taken over 3000 cases and provided support to over 145 victims – and counting.
Original Japanese article can be found here: http://www.polarisproject.jp/news/1215-tip2013
Translated by Andre Perez.