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27 rescued from human trafficking in Japan in 2018

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Disgusting humans. Did they catch the ring as well?

and five of the Japanese were children

Then this is pedophilia and a whole different level of disgusting. How do kids make illegal loans?

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The number DROPPED? Japanese cops just aint doing their job! I'll bet it's 10 times or more than what is being reported here.

Look at all the red-light districts, throughout the country, and then tell me with a straight face that there are only 27 people that the cops could get out from under the thumbs of their pimps and the yaks?

Whomever wrote this article should be embarrassed to have their name attached to it! Oh right it's just Kyodo!

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Seems quite low for a national number... Though I have no idea what would be a reasonable one.

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Fizz pretty much said it all.

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This is real sex slavery. It's happening now today. Not some flip flopping contradictory 70 year old testimony with a political agenda.

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Disgusting, clamp down on prostitution!

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Sex slavery needs a significant and strong response. It's sadly too late for the horrors of the last war but what's happening now can be acted on.

That means arresting the traffickers, pimps and johns. Domestic and foreign.

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OssanAmericaToday 07:51 am JST

This is real sex slavery. It's happening now today. Not some flip flopping contradictory 70 year old testimony with a political agenda.

So you honestly believe that a 70 year old who grew up in a time when women didn't even show their ankles in public, would talk about her sexual past, and humiliate herself internationally by forever being known as a former sex slave, and subject herself to hate and derision from around the globe, just to score political points for a government that basically threw her under the bus 50 years ago. Really.

Well okay then.

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girl_in_tokyoToday 09:41 am JST

OssanAmericaToday 07:51 am JST

*This is real sex slavery. It's happening now today. Not some flip flopping contradictory 70 year old testimony with a political agenda.*

So you honestly believe that a 70 year old who grew up in a time when women didn't even show their ankles in public, would talk about her sexual past, and humiliate herself internationally by forever being known as a former sex slave, and subject herself to hate and derision from around the globe, just to score political points for a government that basically threw her under the bus 50 years ago. Really.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/171fHdHD-xFU1g7-XAuuYVhR4wMwZ9VBwKVXPCu78riE/edit

http://nadesiko-action.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Comfort-Women-Not-Sex-Slaves_FINAL_annex.pdf

It's always best to study a subject carefully before taking a position.

The tragedy of todays human trafficking in various parts of the world is a serious problem that needs to be eliminated through cooperation of all countries. It's a human rights issue, a law enforcement issue. Not a political one.

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27...………….WTF!! Clearly Japan does NOT CARE about human trafficking!!

I would not be surprised to see that utterly pathetic figure being more accurate with THREE more 000's added to it!

Come on Japan you should be doing MUCH better than this, basically Japan is ALLOWING this trafficking to take place, how sad!!

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So you honestly believe that a 70 year old who grew up in a time when women didn't even show their ankles in public, would talk about her sexual past, and humiliate herself internationally by forever being known as a former sex slave, and subject herself to hate and derision from around the globe, just to score political points for a government that basically threw her under the bus 50 years ago. Really.

Well okay then.

You reminded me of one who went into raptures, being called her name in congress hall and later ended up with standing on the street shouting and bashing US for bringing in THHAD or asking supporters around to recommend herself for Nobel Peace Prize

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Rape and sex slave apologetics, all in one day.

Good work, guys.

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Cops are on the yakuza payroll, why isn't the articles in headline news? Why isn't there pictures of the culprits..

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GWToday  10:51 am JST

27...………….WTF!! Clearly Japan does NOT CARE about human trafficking!!

I would not be surprised to see that utterly pathetic figure being more accurate with THREE more 000's added to it!

Come on Japan you should be doing MUCH better than this, basically Japan is ALLOWING this trafficking to take place, how sad!!

You really have no idea what you;re talking about.

https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/worst-countries-for-human-trafficking-today.html

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Any country that opening has a red light district obviously doesn't care about women. And having all the visitors flock there shows just how little concern the average person has for it, too.

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Any country that opening has a red light district obviously doesn't care about women. And having all the visitors flock there shows just how little concern the average person has for it, too.

Issues like these are not in the public eye. Japan doesn't openly acknowledge nor readily admit to them either.

It isn't red light districts either, Japan is unique in a manner of speaking, with all the snacks, girls bars, cabarets, and the rest, that openly service the fantasies of basically the entire male population.

I have yet to meet any man, over the age of 20 here that has never been to one of the above.

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Prostitution should be legal as it was back in Edo. Can't get rid of it but by making it legal there's more control of where it happens, who's working, the health of the women checked decrease STD's. Prostitution in Japan happens mostly in Tokyo and Osaka but I have also seen it around clubs in Kobe.

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Only 27 seven persons in one year. There are thousands of these trafficked people in Japan. When I go out on the town once a month there are countless hostesses in any Japanese city from the Philippines, Thailand or Vietnam that are probably slave labor or worse but who am I to judge the Japanese system. This has been and always will be the status quo in Japan.

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Prostitution should be legal as it was back in Edo.

No, it shouldn’t be and we are not in the Edo period. In the Edo period, a lot of people lost their heads and not by their own hand. Prostitution should never be legal. Absurd paying for sex, absolutely disgusting.

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Just scramble 100 police officers and clean up all the bars and strip clubs in Roppongi on a Saturday and i'm sure you'll nab more than 27 on a night

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 Prostitution should never be legal.

Prostitution can not be prevented only controlled. Less cases of STD's when women are checked monthly for health. Also programs to help them stop and do something else to earn a dollar. Trump used the prostitute and paid her handsomely too.

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The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates that on any given day in 2016 there were 37,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in Japan.... Details here: https://www.globalslaveryindex.org/2018/findings/country-studies/japan/

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Prostitution should be legal as it was back in Edo. Can't get rid of it but by making it legal there's more control of where it happens, who's working, the health of the women checked decrease STD's. Prostitution in Japan happens mostly in Tokyo and Osaka but I have also seen it around clubs in Kobe.

Ot was legal up to and until the end of WWII, MacAuthur and company outlawed it because they didnt want their "good American" boys bring hope any diseases with them. The Japanese had set up "comfort stations" for the American GI's and they were evidently quite busy, and it was Japanese women that were the "comfort women" then.

Legalized meant monitored and controlled.

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I don't support human trafficking in any form - but if we read into the article

Many of the Japanese victims were forced into prostitution and brothels in order to pay off illegal loans.

If these loans weren't accessed in the first place then the end result wouldn't have happened - as for

majority of the foreign nationals were forced to work as hostesses or prostitutes.

These foreigners would have been wanting illegal access to Japan, so if they had gone through the proper channels, again the end result wouldn't have happened.

Its not just a Japanese thing, legal controlled prostitution is available in a lot Countries - they have to pay minimum amount of taxes, have regular health checks and generally improves the safety of the women working in this industry - maybe the Japanese Government needs to have a look at what worked in the Edo Period and adapt for today.

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maybe the Japanese Government needs to have a look at what worked in the Edo Period and adapt for today.

Be nice, but there now to many prudes running the government during the day time, who become pervs at night!

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@ Andrew Crisp

During the Edo period the women were all sold into slavery so that is hardly going to work.

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Issues like these are not in the public eye. Japan doesn't openly acknowledge nor readily admit to them either.

It isn't red light districts either, Japan is unique in a manner of speaking, with all the snacks, girls bars, cabarets, and the rest, that openly service the fantasies of basically the entire male population.

I have yet to meet any man, over the age of 20 here that has never been to one of the above.

Not in the public eye? Everybody knows of Kabukicho. Natives and foreigners alike. And sorry, but not every country in the world (3rd world - 1st world) has red light districts. As for the almost every man over 20 has been to one of those establishments, again, just goes to furthering my point.

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Good on them, but I'm sure there are far more that were not rescued, and they need to go harder after the traffickers.

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During the Edo period the women were all sold into slavery so that is hardly going to work.

Only said by someone who does not know, or is unaware of the system or history of the Yoshihara here in Japan.

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Not in the public eye? Everybody knows of Kabukicho. Natives and foreigners alike. And sorry, but not every country in the world (3rd world - 1st world) has red light districts. As for the almost every man over 20 has been to one of those establishments, again, just goes to furthering my point.

You are talking Tokyo-centric here, and I never made a comment about "every country in the world" having a red light district, YOU assume I did, go back and read what I wrote!

You wrote the following;

Any country that opening has a red light district obviously doesn't care about women. And having all the visitors flock there shows just how little concern the average person has for it, too.

You dont know about Japan, nor it's culture to make a blanket statement like this! And you think my reply reinforces your comment about "caring about women"?

You are again showing your ignorance about Japan.

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The things that can't be stopped or prevented like prostitution and drugs should be legalised giving control and removing the need for pimps and dealers.

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The things that can't be stopped or prevented like prostitution and drugs should be legalised giving control and removing the need for pimps and dealers.

But trafficking has increased in New Zealand after they legalized prostitution. Not sure what the answer is, oh wait, let people carry guns to protect themselves.

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Need to take out one of the two to three cop teams giving out traffic tickets. I see up to 3 questioning an old man on a bicycle. They’ll be busy with the rugby and olympics in the coming months. Please find these human traffickers. Lock them up and throw the keys away.

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