‘Joshi Kosei’ – Tokyo’s Teenage Sex Trade – 女子高生
Sanitizing Tokyo’s underground, adolescent sex industry is tough.
A brand new statute came into force in the Japanese capital yesterday targeting a nebulous corner of the city’s nightlife. The ‘Joshi Kosei’ or ‘JK’ industry (“JK” means “female high-school student” in Japanese) is the innocent-sounding name for dating services with teenage girls. Businesses sell time with the girls to sketchy male clients. Advocates argue that the industry is a conduit for child prostitution and that men use the private spaces provided by the businesses to cajole girls into intercourse or other freaky fetishizing. The authorities estimate that about half of the girls who work in the business end up having sex with customers. A UN expert has criticized what she called “institutional” tolerance of businesses that sexually exploit kids. Police have raided JK operators, which have responded by offering harder-to-detect options, even “fortune telling” and “therapy.” The ordinance bans under-18s from working in the industry and introduces fines of up to ¥1m ($8,880) for violators. It lists five specific services as illicit, including massages and “sleeping side by side.”
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