Tokyo talent agency chief arrested for forcing model to act in porn
"TOKYO — Police have arrested a former talent agency president on suspicion of forcing a woman to act in pornographic videos, investigative sources said Sunday.
Three people including the president were arrested Saturday on suspicion of dispatching a model contracted with the agency in her 20s to a video producer in September 2013 and coercing her to have sex on camera, they said.
The three suspects allegedly violated the law regulating temp worker agency businesses, which bans temp agencies from dispatching workers for harmful work against public morals.
The Tokyo talent agency, Marks Japan, demanded the victim perform in adult videos after she signed a contract as a model in 2009, the sources said.
She tried to reject the demand, but the agency said she must pay penalties for the breach of the contract if she refused, they said.
The woman was forced to perform in porn videos until she was able to cancel the contract in 2014, according to the sources.
The woman told the Metropolitan Police Department in the fall of last year that she was forced to appear in the videos. The police raided Marks Japan and the video producer in late May, they said.
Human Rights Now, a Tokyo-based advocacy group, in March revealed an increase in the number of cases in which women have been forced to appear in pornographic videos after being solicited to become fashion models or TV personalities.
The number of cases of counseling with support groups for victims rose to 81 in 2015 from 32 in 2014—after only one case each in 2012 and 2013, according to the group.
In many cases, young women signed contracts with companies without knowing they would be pressured to have sex on camera, the group said."