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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What is behind Japan's human trafficking?


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Natasha Ignatova
Student, 19
The victims can't ask for help. The police will say "you don't have a visa so we'll deport you." People think victims can just quit if they don't like the conditions, but they can't.

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Kaori Yamamoto
Student, 19
It's a taboo subject. People pretend it doesn't exist, so it's easier for people to do what they want. In Japan, people ignore things to do with sex.

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Kay Takamura
Student, 18
I feel like Japanese people don't talk about "dirty" stuff, like the homeless. We don't want to acknowledge problems. There's a big pride factor involved.

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Dorit Bahlmann
Teacher, 26
It's a huge city, and it has a lot of money, and it's not dangerous. It seems to be that people are looking for a better life here.


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Miles Bader
I.T., 39
As long as things look good, nasty stuff is accepted. Dedication to principles like human rights is a little bit shallow, at least traditionally.



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