Japanese porn actresses defend industry from NGO’s accusations of abuse

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Staff Writer

Responding to a recent NGO report that pointed out the dark side of Japan’s porn industry, several adult film actresses are defending their profession.

The report, issued earlier this month by the nongovernmental organization Human Rights Now earlier, said some women have been deceived and were forced to be filmed, while others have experienced sexual abuse.

A number of porn stars reacted to the report over the past several days, saying they freely chose their line of work and that the industry has treated them fairly.

“I work in the porn industry, but I’ve never met a single person who was forced to take part in a sex film,” actress Ami Kasai posted on her Twitter account Friday.

“At least in my own eyes, the current industry is very clean. I do it on my own will and so do many of my comrades …,” actress Saki Hatsumi tweeted Saturday.

According to the Human Rights Now report, some victims have signed contracts without knowing that they would be appearing in adult films.

It went on to say that when they realized what was going on, they couldn’t get out of it because the brokers would have charged them millions of yen in penalties, threatened lawsuits or blackmailed them.

Former porn star Mariko Kawana said on her Facebook page Saturday that the report focused only on negative cases, therefore making it look like they are the industry norm.

She added that producers normally tell actresses what is expected of them during filming and respect the actresses’ requests if they are not willing.

“Looking at the whole industry, evil people or firms form only a very small percentage,” Kawana said.

The report said People Against Pornography and Sexual Violence, an organization that deals with victims of the porn industry, received 93 complaints over the past five years.

Fifty-nine complaints were lodged last year, an exceptionally high number.

Kawana also said the report contained some good proposals, including having a ministry or agency in charge of overseeing the industry.