Japan Records 42 Victims Of Human Trafficking In 2017

japantimes.co.jp
2018-02-08

The number of Japanese and foreign victims of human trafficking in Japan totaled 42 in 2017, including 15 high school girls who were forced to perform in pornographic videos, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.

The number of Japanese and foreign victims of human trafficking in Japan totaled 42 in 2017, including 15 high school girls who were forced to perform in pornographic videos, National Police Agency data showed Thursday.

While the overall figure was down for the second straight year, Japanese victims totaled 28 — up three from the year before — hitting a record high since similar numbers became available in 2001.

Of the Japanese victims, 23 people — about 80 percent — were minors. More than half were high school girls, 18 of whom were forced to appear in pornographic videos and do other work after applying online for jobs as cosplay models. The youngest was a 12-year-old girl who was forced to work in a massage parlor in Kawasaki.

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