Global Politics

Filipino Workers in Japan: Economic Migrants or Victims of Sex Trafficking?

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Illicit Flirtations book cover

Every year, thousands of Filipino women travel to Japan.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.)

They work in so-called hostess clubs in Tokyo.

But according to the US government, they are victims of sex trafficking.

Rhacel Salazar Parrenas is the author of "Illicit Flirtations: Labor, Migration and Sex Trafficking in Tokyo.

She spent months working in a hostess club in Tokyo.

Perrenas speaks with host Lisa Mullins about her book.

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