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Young Japanese women are tricked into porn by signing fake modelling contracts

With more victims coming forward, it's been revealed that women are not just forced into the Japanese porn industry, but that it happens regularly too
 

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A shocking find has come to light in Japan, where many young women are often tricked into 'modelling' contracts.

According to DailyMail via AsianTown, some victims were then forced to do porn and were gang-raped during filming.

Activists were alarmed by the number of women seeking their help

In an attempt to shine a light on abusive aspects of the business, a coalition of campaigners and attorneys held a press conference to announce findings of research conducted over a six-month period last year.

In some cases, the women were made to engage in repeated intercourse without protection.

Initially, women are casually approached on the street by brokers who pretend to be scouting models, the advocates said.

When victims realise the con and try to break the contracts they are threatened with lawsuits and so give in.

More than 130 cases in the past four years have come to their attention in which mostly young women sought help after claiming sexual abuse. 

The activists and lawyers said they have been alarmed by an increasing number of young women, mostly in their early 20s - and even young men and boys - who seek their help.

At least one young women later killed herself, they said, her ordeal beginning when she was put in a small room surrounded by a number of men and forced to sign a contract.

'It seems to be widely assumed that these women agree to appear in porn movies,' said Hiroko Goto, a professor of law at Chiba University.

'But they are sometimes minors and often young women in their 20s who are not yet socially empowered,' she said. 'They are being preyed upon by those with power and money.'

Japan's porn industry is worth up to 500 billion yen (more than £3billion) annually and creates about 20,000 films, the advocates said.

 

This story was originally published in Lollipop.sg. For more stories like this, head to www.lollipop.sg.

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