Human Trafficking is the third largest criminal industry in the world, after arms and drug dealing. It is also the fastest growing with millions of victims worldwide and extensive profits. Sex trafficking is the most lucrative sector of the trade in people with victims being deceived or coerced into exploitative situations.
Fueled by its massive sex industry, Japan is one of the largest destination countries for international trafficking. Tens of thousands of women and children have been brought to Japan to work in the sex industry. They are often entrapped in vulnerable situations as many enter Japan with fake passports or overstay their visa in order to pay the “debt” or the agent fee.
Not only are foreign women and children sexually exploited, but internal trafficking of Japanese nationals is also a severe problem. A record high 1700 cases of child prostitution and child pornography were reported in Japan in 2003. Also in need of rescue and protection are adult victims that, controlled by threats or enormous debts, are forced to work in adult entertainment establishments.
Learn About: Domestic Trafficking in Japan
Learn About: Cross-border Human Trafficking
Learn About: Japan's Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (MOFA, 2009)
Learn About: Japan's Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking (MOFA, 2004)
Learn About: Japan's Efforts to Combat Child Pornography (summary by Polaris Project)