Japanese women tricked into performing in porn

From The Independent:

“Women in Japan are being exploited by the country’s multi-million pound pornography industry, it has been alleged.

More than 130 cases have come to light over the last four years in which young women have been exploited, coerced or conned into performing in the adult entertainment industry. Many are raped or forced to engage in sexual acts without using protection.

Activists and lawyers held a conference this week to highlight growing concerns about the issue, Japan Times reports. Advocates said that women are often approached by people pretending to be modelling scouts and offering modelling contracts. However, once the women have signed them they later realise that they are not commercial or fashion modelling contracts but that they in fact committ them to engaging in sex work. If they try to leave the arrangement, they are reportedly threatened with legal action.”

It is very common for recruiters to the sex industry to offer women fake jobs as models and dancers, and then when they sign up, bring them to a brothel or porn set. In her book Female Sexual Slavery, Kathleen Barry documented this as one of the common strategies that men use to lure young women.

Men have absolutely no shame about recruiting young women into an industry in which they will be exploited and repeatedly abused. They are so entitled to use women this way that pornography companies can even sue women who try to leave.

“One case was brought before the courts last September when an aspiring actress was sued by a pornography company after she said she wanted to terminate her contract. She said that she had been forced to appear in a number of obscene job assignments whilst underage and to perform in pornographic films once she became an adult. Once she refused to continue in the industry, the company subsequently sued her for damages.”

This should not even be legally possible. The opposite should be possible—women should be able to sue pornographers for violation of their civil rights. The level of hatred that men feel for women is extremely evident when they trick women into appearing in porn, rape them on camera, and then sue them when they try to leave.

Lots of women do not consent to appear in porn and are there because they have been tricked, forced, groomed or coerced. If you are watching porn there is a good chance you are watching someone’s rape.

The pornography industry exists because we live in a patriarchy where men have power over women and women are considered objects for men’s use. This industry is incompatible with women’s humanity. If men and women were equal, then the logical response to seeing a video of a woman being raped would not be to masturbate, but to call the police to report a crime.

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