There are an estimated 60,000 victims of sex trafficking in Japan today

Lighthouse JapanLighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims (Japanese:人身取引被害者サポートセンター ライトハウス) is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan working to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery. It used to be known as “Polaris Project Japan” (Japanese: ポラリスプロジェクトジャパン). Japan is a destination, source, and transit country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking. Japanese organized crime syndicates (the Yakuza) are believed to play a significant role in trafficking in Japan, both directly and indirectly.

Lighthouse was founded in August 2004 by Shihoko Fujiwara. The following year, Lighthouse established the only nationwide consultation hotline for trafficking victims and those wishing to report possible trafficking activity in Japan. Since then, the consultation hotline has been used as a source of trafficking tips throughout the nation. The hotline provides consultations to about a hundred victims or family members annually. The government of Japan’s concern about human trafficking in Japan: Could give a shit. Again, we see many women who are being sexually exploited in Japan who do not know what they are becoming involved with when they arrive in Japan after being enticed to “work in Japan”.

Lighthouse in Japanese: 女性や子どもの笑顔を守りたい

Lighthouse in English: Center for Human Trafficking Victims

Shihoko Fujiwara: We can’t ignore the sex trade

YIS GIN Combatting Human Trafficking 2015 VS

Note: background on Lighthouse was taken from Wikipedia.

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