Monthly Archives: March 2011

Japan Earthquake Information Resource

If you’re looking for useful information on the local response to the Tohoku earthquake, I recommend http://disasterjapan.wordpress.com/. It’s one of the many initiatives we’ve seen pop up over the last week.

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Interruption

I was planning on making some calls to ask for recent data on labour related trafficking issues in Japan, but we had an earthquake which resulted in an interruption in telephone services.

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New UN Fund for Victims of Human Trafficking

Here’s a link to the article on the UN News Service. However, the article on the BBC News website is much better. In a nutshell, the fund will raise money for front-line activities which directly aid victims/survivors around the World. … Continue reading

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Are The Current Standards of Reporting on Japan Adequate?

If you take a look at page 172 of the 2009 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking In Persons, you’ll see the section I discussed in my last post. I’ve taken another look at the 2008 Trafficking In Persons Report from … Continue reading

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Japanese Laws Related to Human Trafficking

Looking at the 2009 UNODC Global Report on Trafficking In Persons, it’s disquieting to see how little information there was on Japan. Here’s the entire section on the institutional framework in this country: Japan introduced the offense of “buying and … Continue reading

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The Real World is Gray

In a previous post about the way some people define human trafficking (What Is Human Trafficking), I took exception to the inclusion of hostess bars as a destination for victims in that industry. I try to always be open to … Continue reading

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Illegal Adoption Isn’t Trafficking?

I took another look at the Trafficking In Persons Report 2010 from the U.S. State Department. It gave definitions for what is and is not considered to be human trafficking. What is NOT trafficking in persons? Illegal adoptions: The kidnapping … Continue reading

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