July 2nd: FTCJ x LH presents:Human Trafficking Happens in Japan too!? A discussion with a Filipino Sex Trafficking Survivor

<Commemorating World Day against Trafficking in Persons>

FTCJ x LH presents: 
Human Trafficking Happens in Japan too!?
A discussion with a Filipino Sex Trafficking Survivor

Human trafficking is a crime prohibited by international treaties and a grave violation of one’s human rights. Currently, it is said that 20.9 million people are victims of human trafficking and slavery worldwide. 

These individuals have been deceived, abused, and sold into sex industries, prostitution, hard labor, forced marriages, and the illegal organ trade markets.
It has been said that around 30 percent of human trafficking victims are children.

In commemoration of World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30, we have invited Ms. Marlyn Capio-Richter, a survivor from the Philippines who was sold to sex traffickers as a child, for a very special speaker event.

Japan is also, unfortunately, a final destination for victims of human trafficking. Children are currently being traded and sold in the sex industry. Recently, Japan has come under fire from the international community for not doing enough.

Let us look at the human trafficking problem in Japan, especially with regards to the trafficking of children and young people, and consider what we can do to help.

Time: July 2, 2016 (Saturday) 18:00~20:00 (Doors open 17:30)
Place: RYOZAN PARK Sugamo Event Space
Address: 1-9-1 Sugamo, Toshima-ku, Tokyo (2 minutes from Sugamo station on JR Yamanote Line)
Fee: High school students & below: Free / Other students: 500 yen / Adults: 1,000 yen
To RSVP or Book the event: https://ws.formzu.net/fgen/S11261645/

※Please note that Ms. Marlyn Capio-Richter will offer remarks in English, but the event will be in Japanese. Simultaneous interpretation from English to Japanese will be available.

About the guest speaker:
Marlyn Capio-Richter, Social Worker, Preda Foundation
Ms. Capio-Richter fled from her home when she was 12. Living on the streets, she became a victim of human trafficking and was forced into prostitution with tourists visiting the Philippines. At the age of 15, she was freed from her situation by the Preda Foundation, an NGO in the Philippines that saves children from sexual abusers. With Preda’s support, she overcame her traumatic experiences and returned to school, becoming a certified social worker in college and returning to work at the NGO that saved her. Today, she is helping to empower and restore the dignity of young girls who have survived sexual abuse and is sharing her own experience as a sex trafficking survivor in speaker events around the world.

Hosted by:
Free The Children Japan
Lighthouse: Center for Human Trafficking Victims

Study tour in India 2016 : A Trip THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING

Free The Children Japan (FTCJ) is a non-profit organization whose goals are to free children from poverty and exploitation and free young people from the notion that they are powerless to affect positive change in the world.

And we will be having a Volunteer and Leadership Trip to the India in August 2016!



Build a school and learn first-hand about the joys and challenges of a traditional way of life in rural India. Connect with the local people and communities while exploring the colourful world around you. 

Recharge and reflect on your discoveries under arched pavilions in our bespoke Araveli Cottages and Tented Camp, surrounded by the picturesque pink hills of Rajasthan. This is your time to change the world.



On a FTCJ Volunteer Adventure Trip, every day is an opportunity to make a difference, develop deep and lasting connections, and build your legacy. 

Your personalized volunteer experience is centred on four pillars: school-building, cultural immersion, community education and adventure in communities where Free The Children works.


On this trip, we will be visiting Delhi, Agra and Udaipur. Please join us and let's change the world together!



Day1  :Travel / Departure to Delhi, India

Day2  :Agra / Trip to Taj Mahal 

Day3-5:Udaipur / Travel to Udaipur:

                 Visit communities and volunteer,

                 Internaction with children,

               Leadership training workshop and more!

Day6  :Travel / Sightseeing tour of downtown of Udaipur,  Return home ready to rock the world!

Day7  :Travel / Arrival to Narita, Japan


◆Guidelines for applicants◆

【Visiting Region】India (Delhi, Agra and Udaipur)

【Travel Schedule】August/22/2016 to August/28/2016 Departure and Arrival at Narita

【Participation Fee】237,000yen
*Visa application fee is NOT included.

*The fuel surcharge fee, the aviation insurance fee, the airport tax and the Visa application fee are NOTincluded.

*Travel Insurance is NOT included. Each person must apply for the certain travel insurance we recommend. 

【Who can apply?】Junior high School Students or older who are willing to become a member of FTCJ and actively take action. 

*registration as an FTCJ member is required. Register here.

*Students who are younger than junior high school can join us with their parent or guardian to come with them. 

【Number of Participants】 a minimum of 9 participants


Early-bird: Apply before June 19, 2016 for 4,000 yen discount.

Friends and Siblings: Apply with your friend or siblings for 4,000 yen discount

(More than 2 people need to apply together at the same time to receive the discount).

【Deadline】July 6, 2016

【Contact 】

◆Program Details

Free The Children Japan: info@ftcj.com

◆Apply,Cancell Policy,Travel conditions 

My ticket Inc.:info@myticket.jp

June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor!  let's join Stop Child Labor Campaign 2016

Hello from all of us here at Free The Children Japan's head office! We'd like to remind everyone that June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor!

 Our “Stop Child Labor Campaign 2016” has been ongoing since May 5th in preparation for this worldwide event.
As more people become aware of the issue that is child labor, more people are standing up to raise awareness and take action against it through a number of events taking place worldwide all the way through July 7th of this year.
Free The Children Japan is getting in on the action as well with a planned walk to raise awareness taking place on June 5th along Midosuji Boulevard in Osaka (More Details Here).

In addition, for the week of June 6th through the 12th we will begin a campaign in which we will utilizing video to help spread our message. We will have more information about that in a future post!
Throughout each of our campaigns between May 5th and July 7th we will be introducing and implementing “Red Card Action”.
“Red Card Action” is a part of the International Labor Organization's (ILO) “Red Card to Child Labor Campaign” and it has become a worldwide movement. Within Japan, the Child Labor Network has been the main advocate of this particular cause. To date, a total of 14,989 people have joined them to raise awareness over the last two years. Being the last year of the campaign, we're all hoping to do more than just raise a red card in opposition to child labor by aiming to devote ourselves to go the extra mile in taking further action and raising our collective voices against it.
The easiest way to get involved as soon as possible is by taking a picture of yourself holding up the campaign exclusive red card and uploading it to your preferred social networking site. A detailed explanation of the campaign and a link to download your own red card can be found here

Free The Children Japan members recently had a chance to raise their red cards together at Take Action Camp Japan!

High school members giving a lecture on the importance of education to the National Diet recently had a chance to raise their red cards together with Kailash Satyarthi, an acclaimed children's rights advocate and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize!

The “Red Card to Child Labor Campaign” is also holding a photo contest so don't forget to tag your uploaded photos with #STOPCL and #nochildlabour!