Some Ukrainians have been “working at certain types of establishments they’re not allowed to,” according to the justice minister
Ukrainian refugees who have fled to Japan from the conflict with Russia have been warned that their visas don’t allow them to work in adult entertainment establishments, according to Japanese Justice Minister Yoshihisa Furukawa.
“In some cases, evacuees were forced to flee. [from Ukraine]Reports have suggested that they may be allowed to work in certain establishments.” to work at, Furukawa explained, following a Cabinet meeting on Friday.
These ‘establishments’ include hostess clubs, bars and other adult entertainment venues in Japan, the minister clarified. The Immigration Services Agency has already sent written notifications to Ukrainian refugees informing them that their visas don’t allow them to take jobs that are covered by the adult entertainment law, he said.
The evacuees are allowed to switch their visa status to be able to stay in Japan for a year, but even residential status won’t make jobs in the adult entertainment sector available for them.
According to UN estimates, 14 million Ukrainians fled Ukraine after the Russian military intervention in February. More than 1,000 have reached Japan. Furukawa expressed concern that Ukrainian women might be victims to human trafficking. These reports are coming from different countries.
An OSCE researcher revealed earlier this month that the number of searches for Ukrainian sex workers on the internet jumped 600% after the conflict.