Police in 2005 made arrests in or turned over to prosecutors 81 cases of alleged trafficking of foreign women, the National Police Agency (NPA) said. Other groups estimate that thousands of women, mostly from poor parts of Asia, are trafficked into Japan every year and forced to work in the sex industry. The latest NPA figure, an increase of two from the previous year, is a record high for the second straight year since 2001 when the agency began compiling more comprehensive statistics on human-trafficking. The number of foreign women allegedly trafficked in the recorded cases totaled 117, up 40 from the previous year.
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