Number of victims of human trafficking who received protection or funding for repatriation in 2018 (Heisei 30)

Press release

March 22, 2019 (Heisei 31)
Immigration Services Agency

In 2019, the Immigration Services Agency took 12 victims of human trafficking (sexual services, forced labor, etc.) into its protection (including funding their repatriation). Five of them, who had overstayed their periods of stay, were given special permission to stay in Japan. The number of foreign nationals who were subjected to deportation procedures as perpetrators of human trafficking was zero.

1. Victims

  1. In 2019, 12 people were under the protection of the Immigration Services Agency compared to 9 the previous year. All 12 victims of human trafficking were Filipino. Victims the previous year consisted of 5 Filipino and 4 Thai people.
  2. The government's overall efforts, based on the "Measures Against Human Trafficking Implementation Plan (2014)" of December 2014, are considered to be producing positive results.
  3. That being said, human trafficking has a high likelihood of occurring, as it is difficult to track the various methods used to conceal it. While it is almost certain that the surface of the issue has barely been scratched, the Immigration Services Agency will continue to take measures against human trafficking, working to actively prevent and combat it, as well as recognize and protect victims of it.

2. Perpetrators

In 2019, the number of foreign nationals who were subjected to deportation procedures as perpetrators of human trafficking by the Immigration Services Agency was zero compared to two in the previous year.
(Note) In accordance with Article 24-4 (c) of the Immigration Control Act, "committing, inciting, or aiding another in committing human trafficking" is grounds for deportation.

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