• Kyodo News


The government on Tuesday adopted an action plan to prevent human trafficking and also decided to set up a working team to tackle child pornography.

Defining human trafficking as a serious violation of human rights and noting the growing sophistication of smuggling victimizing foreign nationals, the government will take such steps as strengthening immigration controls, according to the action plan.

The government will also deal with illegal employment of undocumented workers, crack down on vicious employers and brokers, and provide more thorough protection to victims, such as by offering counseling and medical services, the plan shows.

The plan was adopted at a meeting of Cabinet members on crime control, in which Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and all his ministers participated.

“The Hatoyama government is an administration that takes good care of human lives until the very end,” Hatoyama said at the meeting. “Your actions will help save lives. Please join together in maximum force.”

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