Shopping list: Helping citizens unleash market forces against slavery

In December 2008, I had the honor of attending the signing of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act reauthorization – named after British abolitionist William Wilberforce – in the Oval Office. When the original 2000 Act was revised by Congress in 2005 our legislators mandated that the Department of Labor create a list [...]

Last words on Japan

Jean M. Geran, Ph.D., is Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute in London and former Director for Democracy and Human Rights on the National Security Council.

WASHINGTON AND LONDON — We just finished a trip to four cities in Japan, laying the groundwork for increased dialogue between the US, UK, [...]

Finally Addressing Child Sexploitation in Japan

Manga (Japanese comics) at a bookstore

TOKYO — I cannot help but to ask one question when examining human trafficking in a country I deeply admire, Japan: What is it about some Japanese men and kids?


‘Trainees’ Schmainees—Japan’s Labor Trafficking Vulnerability

FUKUI, JAPAN – South Korea ended a program of foreign trainees working in the country because of their vulnerability to gross exploitation. I heard firsthand why Japan ought to consider doing the same with its program – the vulnerability to labor abuses which can amount to human trafficking.