tokyo night

it's about human trafficking case in japan. in the late 90’s things were still humming in tokyo even after the bursting of bubble economy. a lot of women of the street have been seen on back streets over the city.  a small local area behind ikebukuro station was known at the time specially for  women of the street from diverse countries.  women from south america were also there.  they had no sooner arrived in japan than they found themselves deceived by agencies for placement service.  “i was told that a trading company in tokyo looked for secretary with spanish ability and I applied it. If I had known what I had to do, I would never have come here, of course!”, one of the women I got to know explained to me how she was brought into back street life in foreign country. mostly their passports were taken by agencies on arrival so that they could not “run away” before they paid back debt completely. usually five to six women were pushed into a small apartment room together and there was almost no private. they faced always dangers not only because of agencies and yakuza, japanese mafia, but also frequent controls by police and immigration office and troubles with customers including threat and violence, needles to say.