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The number of human trafficking cases in Japan last year fell by nine from the previous year to 19, a record low since officials began compiling comparable data in 2001, the National Police Agency said Thursday.

Several cases involved women from the Philippines in bogus marriages being forced to work at adult entertainment establishments, it said. The year’s 37 victims comprised 24 Filipinos, 12 Japanese and a South Korean.

The victims were paid very little and were deprived of their freedom through various restrictions, such as being forced to live in such premises, the NPA said.

The police took action — including questioning, arresting and sending cases to prosecutors — against 24 people.

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