Migrant Thai Women Subjected to Slavery-Like Abuses in Japan

Authored by: Kinsey Alden Dinan

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: International Law, Migration, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: Japan
Region: East Asia and the Pacific
Year: 2002
Citation: Dinan, Kinsey Alden. "Migrant Thai Women Subjected to Slavery-Like Abuses in Japan." Violence Against Women 8, no. 9 (2002): 1113-1139.

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Through four women’s firsthand accounts, this article explores the system of coercion employed by trafficking networks to exploit migrant Thai women’s labor in the Japanese sex industry. It indentifies a range of factors that impede trafficked women’s ability to protect themselves from abuse, and highlights the strength and agency exhibited by the women as they struggle to protect themselves and support their families in the face of limited options and opportunity.