I had worked as head of the communication department of the Japan Committee for UNICEF until 2004 and engaged in the campaign against trafficking in children then.
Since 2004, I have continued to work on this issue of Trafficking in Persons(TIP) as a member of the steering committe of Japan network against trafficking in persons(JNATIP).
At the end of 2004, after Tsunami hit a wide range of coastal areas in East Asia, I noticed that this natural disaster has caused serious human trafficking in the region.
Then, I learned that global warming has forced the people to move from the safer neighborhood to the more risky regions and this human movement increased the casualties of human trafficking.The global warming has deteriorated the natural environment, which destroy the resource of livelihood such as forest, small farms which most of the people depend on.
It is estimated that until 2010, we will have more than 50 million environment refugees, who will be exposed to serious risk of human trafficking.
Global warming will have the serious impact on human-beings.
Hence, environmental policy must have a focus on human dimension.
This is the reason why I propose Environment policy with Human Face, focusing on the risk of human trafficking.