Trafficking and Exploitation of Women in the Japanese Entertainment Industry
Brief summary of presentation of information made
Report was given on recruitment, exploitation and trafficking in relation to the pornography industry in Japan. The majority of victims are between the ages of 18 and 25. They are recruited as a model without them recognizing they will be expected to be a porn actress.
Once they sign a contract with the agent, the agents demands they work as a porn actress. If a woman rejects the role, the agents threaten to charge huge fees and to tell the situation to family and friends. Victims find themselves in debt bondage.
There is no specific law protecting women from exploitation in the porn industry in Japan.
Under18s are protected.
The definition of the crime of human trafficking in the Criminal Code is too narrow to apply to these cases.
Stories were given from victims and survivors.
This was contrasted with the situation in Sweden where there are strong laws criminalizing pornography and buying sexual services.
Sweden is not a “good market” for Human Trafficking.
Comparison was made with Amsterdam where sex is sold in windows on the “high street” providing markets for those who have been trafficked.
Pornography creates a strong demand for human trafficking.
Pornography today is very different today compared to 20 years ago – it is often violent and gang rape is frequently featured.
What was of particular significance to share with The Salvation Army globally?
The Salvation Army works in many countries with differing legislation. The SA can research and make recommendation to Governments to support best ways to combat pornography and Human Trafficking. The evidence given from the model of Sweden would link pornography with Human Trafficking.