Japan warns Ukrainian evacuees against working in adult entertainment venues

Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa said on Friday there were cases of Ukrainians who fled to Japan working in hostess clubs and other adult entertainment establishments, warning that such work was not permitted under their visa status.

“There have been cases where evacuees (from Ukraine) have worked in certain types of establishments where they are not allowed to work,” Furukawa said after the cabinet meeting.

A total of 1,055 Ukrainians had fled to Japan as of Wednesday, according to government figures. The evacuees are allowed to switch to a visa status that allows them to stay in Japan for a year and work.

But their residence status does not allow them to work in hostess clubs, bars or adult entertainment establishments that are restricted by the adult entertainment law.

Furukawa said the Immigration Service Agency sent out written notices to Ukrainian evacuees to let them know such work was a violation of their visa status.

The Minister expressed concern that some of the evacuees could become victims of human trafficking.

In general, the UN refugee agency said some Ukrainian refugees were victims of human trafficking, and UNICEF warned in March that children fleeing the war were at increased risk of trafficking and exploitation.

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