Porn industry preys on young women: activists

Japanese activists and lawyers, (L-R) lawyer and the head of Human Rights Now Kazuko Ito, lawyer Hiroko Goto, activist Shihoko Fujiwara, activist Setsuko Miyamoto, and lawyer Yukiko Tsunoda, hold a press conference in Tokyo on March 3, 2016. Japanese women are being exploited and abused in Japan's multi-billion dollar pornographic film industry, rights advocates said, calling on authorities to strengthen laws to protect them. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The group of 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 by hanging, 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.

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