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First (Poor girls and Poverty Business)
We often hear the word, ‘Poor girls’ and ‘Poverty Business’ on the news and web site. In Japan, people who live below the poverty line receive help from the government by giving monthly allowance amounting to not less than 80,000 yen without rental room fee. Poverty Business organizations convince and lure these people to join, promising them accommodation, food, and other basic human needs. Since these people are homeless and they lack essential things to survive, they join without them knowing that this organization will take a big amount from their monthly allowance from the government. Poverty Business is defined as follows;
Poverty Business targets the poor and makes them stay below the poverty line without any escape. In that way, they can profit and earn through the poor people’s allowance.
The poverty Business is also defined as a business that profits from vulnerable people in society who are economically distressed. It targets homeless people who stay at internet cafes, contractual workers who stay at dormitories given by illegal companies, people who are on free or low cost accommodation and people who depend on consumer finance or black finance company.
Nowadays, poverty businesses that use poor girls are also emerging.
For more information about the article about poverty business which targets poor girls and my opinion, please click below link.
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You can hear a conversation between two people after you play the sound. Answer the questions about the conversation.
Conversation 1You can see the conversation script after you click here.
Question 1You can see the question after you click here.
1. Where can the girls under 18 enter？
A. Internet Cafe
Answer and Explanation 1You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned that ‘the people under 18 who are not allowed to work can enroll to the children’s nursing home’.
A: This is where the girls stay at now.
B, C: They’re not mentioned.
Conversation 2You can see the conversation script after you click here.
Question 2You can see the question after you click here.
What was posted on the bulletin board system？
B. 20,000 yen without hotel fee
C. mental abuse
D. telephone number
Answer and Explanation 2You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned as ‘The abusive posts’.
A,B and D are not mentioned anywhere.
Conversation 3You can see the conversation script after you click here.
Question 3You can see the question after you click here.
What will happen to Mariko soon?
A. Contract will expire
B. She will start working at cabaret
C. Enter the organization
D. She will be 20 years old
Answer and Explanation 3You can see the answer and explanation after you click here
It’s mentioned, ‘My job contract will expire soon’.
C: She was thinking about it, but not.
B and D are not mentioned anywhere.
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What do you think about poor girls and poverty business?
Let’s talk about it with your friend.
How is the situation in other countries?
Ask your teacher or a foreigner about it.
- What is the best way to support less fortunate girls if you meet them?
- What do you think about girls who earn money by ‘dating with compensation’.
- What do you think are the best ways for the girls who are below the poverty line to decline
- What is your opinion about the existence of the organization despite the fact that NPO and children’s nursing home already exist?