Support for Forced Porn Victims Seen Harder after Adult Age Lowering

Society Lifestyle Politics

Tokyo, April 4 (Jiji Press)--The lowering of the legal age of adulthood in Japan on Friday has sparked concerns that it may be more difficult to support women under 20 who are coerced into appearing in pornographic videos.

Last year, nonprofit group Paps received 81 consultations about forced appearances in porn, with 20 of them from people below 20, the former adult age in the country.

Lawyer Kazuko Ito, secretary general of nongovernmental organization Human Rights Now, warned that porn talent agencies may be scouting people in junior high and high schools to make them debut as porn actors as soon as they turn 18.

Victims are often solicited by talent agencies to become television personalities or models, and forced to sign delegation contracts, according to the international human rights group. In many cases, victims realize that they will be in a porn video only after being sent to a shooting location, and are told that they will have to pay a penalty if they refuse the work.

They could be forced to give up their portrait rights under contracts with video production firms. Videos, if released on the internet, could stay online virtually forever.

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