Colabo needs your help!

Last year, Ali, one of our Executive Board members, did some incredible work on a cultural/educational exchange visit to Japan on behalf of FiLiA. She worked with women’s groups supporting women and girls exploited by the sex industry.

While there, she did some work with Colabo, a group that supports runaways and displaced teenage girls and young women in Tokyo to avoid or escape sexual exploitation, including pornography and prostitution. Colabo undertake difficult and often hostile work offering support, resources and a safe place to rest at their centre, outreach work in the red-light district and their innovative Tsubomi Cafe, a large pink bus offering teenage girls a free service including a friendly ear, clothing, food and ongoing support.

Ali saw first-hand the work they did in the café bus, and she walked around the red-light district handing out support packs with the workers. It was a difficult and emotional experience. Continue reading “Colabo needs your help!”