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HRN CO-SIGNS LETTER CALLING ON G7 TO ADDRESS FORCED LABOR

June 15, 2022

REPORT AND COMPANY SURVEY RESULTS ON LABOR RIGHTS ABUSES ON FISHING VESSELS AND THEIR LINKS TO JAPAN

June 10, 2022

HRN SIGNS JOINT LETTER TO INVESTORS OF JAPANESE COMPANIES THAT MAY BE FINANCING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY THE MYANMAR MILITARY

June 2, 2022

HRN SUBMITS REPORT TO HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE SUMMARIZING RIGHTS ABUSES IN HONG KONG

May 30, 2022

ORAL STATEMENT CONDEMNING RUSSIA’S ILLEGAL INVASION OF UKRAINE

April 4, 2022

HRN GIVES ORAL STATEMENT AT HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ON THE CAMBODIAN GOVERNMENT’S CRACKDOWNS AGAINST CIVIL SOCIETY

March 30, 2022

HRN GIVES ORAL STATEMENT AT HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PROTESTING CONTINUING ATTACKS ON CIVILIANS BY THE MYANMAR JUNTA AND MILITARY

March 23, 2022

HRN SUBMITS ORAL STATEMENT TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PROTESTING THE CONTINUING CRACKDOWN ON CIVIL SOCIETY IN HONG KONG

March 21, 2022

OUR ORAL STATEMENT SUBMITTED TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL PROTESTING THE ARBITRARY ARRESTS OF HUANG XUEQIN AND WANG JIANBING IN CHINA

March 16, 2022

OUR STATEMENT PROTESTING THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT’S ILLEGAL INVASION OF UKRAINE AND SERIOUS VIOLATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND HUMANITARIAN LAW

March 9, 2022

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March 4, 2022

WE HAVE RELEASED A STATEMENT STRONGLY CONDEMNING THE RUSSIAN MILITARY INVASION AGAINST UKRAINE

February 25, 2022

OUR JOINT STATEMENT CALLING FOR CHINESE LAWYER YU WENSHENG’S FULL RELEASE

February 17, 2022

OUR STATEMENT ON HONG KONG SUBMITTED TO THE 49TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

February 9, 2022

OUR STATEMENT ON MYANMAR SUBMITTED TO THE 49TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

February 9, 2022

"ONE YEAR AFTER THE COUP, THE MYANMAR JUNTA AND MILITARY CONTINUE TO COMMIT MASSIVE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS WITH IMPUNITY"

February 1, 2022

OUR STATEMENT CONDEMNING THE KILLING OF CIVILIANS BY THE MYANMAR MILITARY

January 17, 2022

JOINT STATEMENT ON THE ARBITRARY DETENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER DING JIAXI AND LEGAL SCHOLAR XU ZHIYONG

December 27, 2021

JOINT STATEMENT “CHINA MUST RELEASE IMPRISONED JOURNALIST ZHANG ZHAN, WHO IS AT IMMINENT RISK OF DEATH”

December 10, 2021

ORAL STATEMENT ON CAMBODIA PLAYED AT THE 48TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION

October 8, 2021

ORAL STATEMENT ON JAPAN’S IMMIGRATION DETENTION SUBMITTED TO THE 48TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION ON JAPAN’S IMMIGRATION DETENTION

September 22, 2021

ORAL STATEMENT ON MYANMAR SUBMITTED TO THE 48TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION

September 22, 2021

JOINT OPEN APPEAL TO UN MEMBER STATES TO SUPPORT AN HRC RESOLUTION ON AFGHANISTAN

September 10, 2021

STATEMENT EXPRESSING SOLIDARITY WITH AFGHAN WOMEN

September 10, 2021

STATEMENT ON THE POLITICAL AND CIVIL SOCIETY CRACKDOWNS IN CAMBODIA FOR THE 48TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

August 24, 2021

STATEMENT ON THE COLLAPSE OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS IN HONG KONG FOR THE 48TH SESSION OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

August 23, 2021

HRN RELEASES AN ORAL STATEMENT ON DISCRIMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES

July 16, 2021

HRN'S ORAL STATEMENT ON PALESTINE WAS AIRED FOR THE 47TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION IN GENEVA

July 14, 2021

HRN'S ORAL STATEMENT ON OLYMPICS WAS AIRED FOR THE 47TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION IN GENEVA

July 8, 2021

HRN'S ORAL STATEMENT ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN WAS AIRED FOR THE 47TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION IN GENEVA

June 30, 2021

STATEMENT ON PALESTINE TO THE 47TH HUMAN RIGHTS SESSIONS

May 31, 2021

STATEMENT ON MYANMAR TO THE 47TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION

May 31, 2021

STATEMENT ON HATE CRIMES AGAINST ASIAN AMERICANS TO THE 47TH HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL SESSION

May 31, 2021

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May 14, 2021

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March 14, 2021

 

END FORCED APPEARANCES IN ADULT PORNOGRAPHIC FILMS

It has been frequently reported that many young women in Japan who were scouted as TV personalities or models, were deceived, and tricked into performing in pornographic films.

Human Rights Now conducted an investigation by interviewing the victims and their supporters to determine the facts. It revealed that in many cases, these young women who signed to agencies without knowing what would happen and were subsequently threatened. Threats made included things such as “You can’t reject the job, you have signed a contract,” “if you refuse to work, you are responsible to pay for the damages,” or “your parents will find out about your work”. The women felt they had no other choice but to participate in the filming of pornographic movies.

Taking advantage of inexperienced and distressed young women, forcing them to perform non-consensual sexual acts in front of the camera and the crew, and later publishing such material publicly is not only humiliating but presents serious violations of human rights.


These women are held in a subordinate position due to fear of financial penalties. This is similar to “debt bondage” where people are compelled into slavery through the unlawful threat of “debt”. It also constitutes violence against women. The consequences of coerced appearance in the pornography are grave. Some victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or commit suicide after suffering from the humiliation of having the material distributed through the internet and stores, and some undergo repetitive plastic surgeries.

Human Rights Now has been requesting that relevant parties in Japan consider measures to prevent further damages. Since the press conference was held in Tokyo following the release of the investigative report, the issue of forced appearances in pornographic films in Japan has been widely covered by media around the world. Moreover, many victims have courageously come forward to testify or become advocates to demand justice and legal reforms to end sexual violence against girls and women. Despite backlash from the pornographic industry, Human Rights Now has been continuously promoting further awareness on the issue in collaboration with many civil society actors. Human Rights Now-NY has also joined this fight to raise more awareness on the issue.

Image by Dingzeyu Li

"I entered into an agreement with the production as a model only to discover that I had to appear in pornographic videos."

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END CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

Not childhood!

According to the investigative report on child pornography in Japan conducted by Human Rights Now, suspected child pornography materials continue to be readily available in retail stores and on the Internet despite laws against child pornography.


The investigation includes a survey of retail and online stores in Japan identifying suspected child pornography products, as well as analysis of relevant laws and interviews with police and review associations to help identify why suspected child pornography products continue to be available in the marketplace.


The report concludes with recommendations to the government of Japan and pornography industry actors and stakeholders to end the proliferation of child pornography.

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