Pondering the Dissemination of Information

I saw a video on YouTube about a UK charity called Trade plus Aid which has successfully leveraged celebrity power to create awareness for ethical trade with people living in poverty in developing countries and various projects around the World. It made me wonder what’s being done in Japan to raise awareness on local human trafficking issues, because people I know aren’t very well informed (see the post about What My Wife Didn’t Know).

One of the things I noticed from watching the outstanding Very Young Girls documentary was that children were recruited into prostitution by men on the street. Do Japanese schools have a formal ‘don’t talk to strangers’ campaign? I often see teenage girls talking to talent scouts in Shibuya or Shinjuku. Do schools warn them that brothels may be masquerading as talent agencies? I wonder if the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology (MEXT) would be willing to provide teachers with material on the issue of domestic human trafficking.

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