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39-year-old man arrested for paying 14-year-old girl for sex

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A 39-year-old man has been arrested after he allegedly paid a 14-year-old girl for sex.

According to police, Tokyo IT company employee Junji Ono paid a junior high school girl 40,000 yen in exchange for a sex act at a Yokohama hotel in February, TBS reported Saturday.

Police say Ono and the girl arranged the transaction via a matchmaking website. A search of Ono's home also reportedly uncovered pictures of underage girls on his computer.

During police questioning, Ono reportedly confessed to the charge and told investigators that he had paid underage girls for sex "two or three times" before.

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I'll be the first to ask "How did he get caught?"

10 ( +12 / -2 )

PLEASE!!!!! Lock that ** up and throw away the key! These kind of men need to be locked away and forgotten by everybody! These men are scum of the world -.-

-14 ( +10 / -23 )

I don't disagree with you Yurie, but she knew what she was doing.

23 ( +31 / -9 )

confessed to the charge and told investigators that he had paid underage girls for sex...

Scum - simple as it gets.

-10 ( +5 / -14 )

As simple as the news is written. It's just plain news as far as the J is concerned. A least that's how's it appears to be..pardon the thoughts. Beside all these, the dates states February, we're aApril now. Why wasn't it in the headline or breaking news or at least in the national news? Jeez!!!!!

-10 ( +1 / -11 )

Sensei258: a 14 year old exploited by an older man, and you try to shift the blame over to her??? She is a child! What are you thinking?

-14 ( +13 / -26 )

I didn't say it was all her fault. Certainly, as the adult, he bears a greater portion of the responsibility. I do not condone pedophilia, and she is still a child. But innocent she is not.

29 ( +34 / -6 )

That's plenty of money- and the girl was of legal age in Japan. Most nations are 13+

-4 ( +8 / -13 )

This has nothing to do with "innocence". One can and should never expect a child to take responsible decisions in situations like this. It is the adults 100% responsibility to avoid any sexual situation, even if the child apparently "knows what she is doing". She does not!

-4 ( +13 / -17 )

14 year old exploited by an older man, and you try to shift the blame over to her??? She is a child! What are you thinking?

She wasn't exploited by anybody. She wen to a dating site and actively participated in setting up the meet. I doubt he came to her house to pick her up. She went to meet him at the hotel knowing full well what was going to happen. She may be young, but she is not innocent.

And I seriously doubt she read about some romance in a Junior High school level comic book and decided that the next logical step would be to charge an old man for sex via a dating website in order to lose her virginity, and make a few bucks at the same time.

Exploitation would be if her parents sold her to a brothel when she was eight, and then they groomed her for this job.

She knew what she was doing, and I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that good grades, uni and a regular job or being a happy housewife is not in this girl's future.

28 ( +32 / -6 )

the girl was of legal age in Japan. Most nations are 13+

The national age of consent is 13, but all the prefectures set their own age. Kanagawa happens to be 18.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

No shortage of perverts and with a 14yo!

-3 ( +7 / -9 )

So, what happened to the 14 year old? Was she arrested as well? Does anyone, really believes that the girl did not know what she was doing? If so, you are delusional. I do not condone what he did, nor what she did.

7 ( +12 / -7 )

The guy is a scumbag, but a 14 year old knows what is right and wrong.

I hope she is arrested and charged too.

During police questioning, Ono reportedly confessed to the charge and told investigators that he had paid underage girls for sex “two or three times” before.

I Also bet it's not her first time doing this either.

9 ( +14 / -6 )

Besides, the girl consented to this! She's as guilty as the man, juvenile or no!

11 ( +18 / -8 )

Good to see the posts here aren't painting this girl as a victim. She knew exactly what she was doing. Getting more and more common. Sad.

14 ( +18 / -4 )

She wasn't exploited by anybody. She wen to a dating site and actively participated in setting up the meet. I doubt he came to her house to pick her up. She went to meet him at the hotel knowing full well what was going to happen. She may be young, but she is not innocent.

Illegal use of common sense. 15 yard penalty and loss of down.

I understand where people are coming from when they say underage girls are innocent, but they are wrong. The underage/innocent thing is just a legal construct. Morally speaking no one in this situation is innocent.

BTW, not all girls who engage in enjo turn out to be future soapland workers. They are not all "bad" kids. They are not all neglected by their parents.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

None of you know if she "knew what she was doing" or not. 14 is an age where some people are more mature and others less mature than others. She could have had the mentality of an 11 yr old for all you know. That's exactly why the law is as it is. I doubt if she was working in a brothel you'd all be supportive of her decision, or if she was a 14 yr old in an arranged marriage you'd all be on the side of her parents. I don't think you understand yourselves what "she knew what she was doing" even means. If she 'd been taken out and gone binge drinking with him would you have blamed her for getting herself paralytic because of course even at 14 she must have known she would have got drunk? Just because you might know the practical consequences of an action does not mean you are of an age where you can be in reasonable possession of exactly what it entails and all that surrounds it.

-13 ( +2 / -14 )

Just the tip of the iceberg folks. There are plenty more of them out there living out their AKB48 fantasies. But, the real worry is, there are plenty of young girls out there accepting these offers.

I really don't know why the added the fact he had photos of underage girls on his his computer. That is not illegal in Japan. And, you wonder why there is a problem with guys paying underage girls for sex in Japan. Go figure!?!?!?!

6 ( +9 / -3 )

When I was in my teens I knew 14 year old "girls" who knew all the tricks and did them well enough to make your toes curl. I can't imagine that all these years later 14 year old girls have regressed to well behaved virginial nuns in waiting. Ever heard of hormones? They are something you get in your teens.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

but she knew what she was doing

Fourteen-year-old girls think they know everything, I know, I used to be one. That's why there are laws to protect them from dirty old men and, more to the point, from themselves. I find all these 'she knew what she was doing, she consented, she isn't innocent' posts very, very disturbing. Jailbait is jailbait for a reason.

-10 ( +5 / -16 )

Girls have as big a sex drive as boys. Girls like to be pretty, be seen as pretty and sexually desirable. Most prostitutes I have seen interviewed on TV said it was a great high being desired and actually paid to go to bed, whether they liked the guy or not, or enjoyed the sex or not. They liked that power over others.

Girls also get pregnant and until very recently in human history you could never be really sure who the father was if there were multiple partners. Thus most societies have various marriage rules, and since girls are generally muscularly weaker than boys, protection for girls is thought to be normal.

But to go from that to "pure" and "innocent" and "sugar and spice and everything nice" is just wishful thinking. If teenagers in modern materialistic societies and without real good parenting, can figure out a way to get lots of money for their play stations cell phones and gucci bags, then they will go ahead and do it.

I can't imagine doing this as a teenager is going to help her grow into a strong adult, and I certainly don't have sympathy for the guy especially if he was seeking out young kids. But innocent this girl is not. They talk to their friends, share information about how to go about it and where the money is, and then they do it again and again.

It's like kids on drugs. The fault isn't just the drugs, it's the kids choosing to live that way.

7 ( +11 / -3 )

But anyone who would blame a 14 year-old for doing drugs or being hooked on drugs is, frankly, an idiot.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

Fourteen-year-old girls think they know everything, I know, I used to be one. That's why there are laws to protect them from dirty old men and, more to the point, from themselves. I find all these 'she knew what she was doing, she consented, she isn't innocent' posts very, very disturbing. Jailbait is jailbait for a reason.

Come on! She knew what she was doing! Kids aren't as dumb as they used to be.

She's NOT innocent.

She certainly knew what she was doing was worth Y40,000.

If she was being exploited, she didn't have to charge that much; and she chose to join the website to look for sickos who wanted to be her client.

6 ( +12 / -7 )

it doesnt surprise me just watch late night tv in japan where you can see underage girls in short skirts and sexy poses all the time. this gives the guys the idea...

8 ( +8 / -0 )

She knew what she was doing!

She thought she knew what she was doing. Not the same thing. Like I said, all fourteen-year-old girls think they know everything. I praise the powers that be that there were laws in place to protect me when I was a know-it-all.

Kids aren't as dumb as they used to be.

She let a middle-aged man mess about with her for ¥40,000. Dumb as they come.

-8 ( +3 / -11 )

Sin knows no age, and this reflects a failing society that doesn't educate it's young ones of the dangers of doing something like this. Lust has no bounds, sometimes these under aged girls pose as adults, they love money and want to experiment with all kinds of things, including sex and drugs. where there is no love and care in a society, not even the government can protect, and one person being caught doesn't mean that it's gonna stop, and Older women too do have sex with young boys here, nothing ever being reported.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

He took advantage of a child. He sexually exploited her. May all the apologists on here be from countries where any such act against children is also punishable in their own country. She IS a victim. He was 39 years old. When underage girls become sexually involved with adult men they are exposed to a devastating array of physical and emotional injuries. These illicit relationships set them up to be life-long victims who tend to view their self-worth solely in terms of sex. If you see a child a s a perp, then you are immature and most like rationalizing acts or thoughts of your own that society deems illegal. Children are children and leave them be as such.

-4 ( +3 / -8 )

@Cleo: Word.

-7 ( +2 / -9 )

Guys who are voting me down without actually being able to say anything in reply, don't worry, I'm not saying it's wrong to be attracted physically to a 14 year old. Depending on the person they can look anything up 20 quite often. Acting on that with the knowledge they are 14 is what we don't want though. If you say she knew what she was doing, in full knowledge of all the facts and consequences, then why not lower the age of consent to 14? Usually everyone's up in arms about the fact that the nationwide age of consent is 13, but when a 14 year old is involved in this kind of case everyone here says she only has herself to blame. Which is it?

Again, I don't think people saying she knew what was doing actually understand what they're saying but are just repeating a cliche. If you say 14 is old enough to make this decision for yourself why don't you apply the same logic to other legislation which is currently the same as the age of consent? Why don't we allow 14 year olds to smoke, drink and drive? Would you want all the 14 year olds in your country voting for your next leader? After all they can read the ballot box and can be as cynical as adults. And what do you think you mean by "she knew what she was doing"? That if she had sex she would get some money which she was going to buy some brand goods with? A 10 year-old could probably understand that logic.

-1 ( +5 / -7 )

She knew what she was doing, knew she could get alot of money doing it, has probably done it before, and probably has friends doing the same thing.

5 ( +10 / -5 )

I find all these 'she knew what she was doing, she consented, she isn't innocent' posts very, very disturbing.

You and me both, Cleo.

She knew what she was doing, and I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that good grades, uni and a regular job or being a happy housewife is not in this girl's future.

Try and restrain your altruism, it's not like she's your daughter, or niece, or anything...

-6 ( +3 / -9 )

The real crux of the matter is we --mature, intelligent adults- do NOT expect a 14-year-old girl to have the judgement and decision-making skills that an adult should have. The message that some on this board believe in / follow, that it’s okay to have sexual relations with a child as long as he or she is compliant — is absolutely wrong.

-3 ( +3 / -7 )

" She thought she knew what she was doing. Not the same thing. Like I said, all fourteen-year-old girls think they know everything."

Yeah, right! When I was a mid-teen, I knew LOTS of same-age girls who knew VERY well what they were doing, and enjoyed it. This was in the 70's. Some girls were innocent, some rather experienced. The preacher's daughter was among the best of the experienced ones I knew.

1 ( +6 / -5 )

she could get alot of money doing it, has probably done it before, and probably has friends doing the same thing

All that points to is that the law is not working as it should, not that it's OK to mess around with young girls who should know better but obviously don't.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

Maybe she didn't exactly KNOW WHAT she was doing. But she knew what she was expecting. 40000 yen for about an hour of easy services. Now she can buy her Gucci bags and high end fashion brands.

I always wondered how many of these young girls can afford some of the things they have.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

young girls who should know better but obviously don't.

Did it ever occur to you that maybe the young girl did know better but chose not to give a damn? As for this statement:

I find all these 'she knew what she was doing, she consented, she isn't innocent' posts very, very disturbing

I find your moral blinders disturbing. Yes, the man in question bears the majority of the guilt, but that does not absolve the girl of any guilt. As I said before no one in this matter is innocent.

0 ( +4 / -5 )

Did it ever occur to you that maybe the young girl did know better

At fourteen? Nope, never. She likely knew what her parents, teachers and other fuddyduddies who lacked her own fourteen-year-old crystal-clear perspective had told her, but every fourteen-year-old knows that the parents of fourteen-year-olds, indeed most adults, know nothing and live only to stop their kids having fun.

As oikawa said, there's a reason we don't allow 14-year-olds to drink, smoke, drive or vote.

-6 ( +3 / -10 )

Just the tip of the iceberg in Japan....

4 ( +6 / -2 )

She just wants to buy those Louis Vuitton bags and all that other crap that has society all screwed up. There is no blame for anyone here except for just society.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Can't understand why a man would want a fourteen year old when there are many eighteen and up who look fourteen.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

@cleo, I am in agreement and place 90 percent of the blame on the guy. He's 39 and should know better. But if she isn't advertising, he isn't buying. It's also distrubing that he has done it a few times before. I don't know about Japan, but in the US just possessing child porn is a crime. Anyone know if he can be charged with a crime re: his computer images?

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Anyone know if he can be charged with a crime re: his computer images?

As bizarre as it sounds possession is legal, at least for the "softcore" stuff (junior idols, lolicon).

0 ( +0 / -0 )

When I was a kid, the closest we could get to porn were lingerie ads.

Nowadays, twenty minutes on the internet and EVERYTHING is revealed. Including a whole lot of really perverse stuff.

As for the girl, I would suggest that getting real sex education classes and a few more heart to heart two way communication sessions with mum would have gone a long way to preventing the problem, before it was too late.

All she's thinking about - probably - I don't know the girl concerned, is that she can get good money for very little actual work. I'm sure she isn't looking at the fact that she is putting her body at very grave risk. Apart from AIDS, there are strains of STDs that are proving incurable these days.

And as for him, I'm reminded of the old joke about God giving Adam two very useful things - a brain and a penis.

"The only problem," God explained, "is that you only have enough blood to use one of them at a time!"

1 ( +2 / -1 )

She is underage => So where are the parents?

I wonder what the parents of the 39yr old think?

Strong families do not have issues like this.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Strong families do not have issues like this

I hate saying this, but you are so wrong.

2 ( +3 / -1 )

At 14 the girl knew what she was doing. However, she did not know or appreciate the consequences of her choices and actions, no matter what she thinks. At this age most kids can only see what is right in front of them. "Adults and parents are stupid, it's our life so we can do what what we want, blah, blah, blah". There are consequences to every one of our choices and most teens cannot see far enough as to how these choices will affect their future. That's why it's up to the grown folks to set rules and laws to protect the children. No, she is not innocent. Yes, she made her choice. But the responsibility of this specific incidence is on the 39 yr old man who was more concerned with fullfilling his fetish and showed no regard to the young girl in front of him.

2 ( +2 / -1 )

She thought she knew what she was doing.

But here is the problem that applies just as well to adults, just because you are 30 doesn't suddenly mean you have a greater understanding or a capacity to understand what you are doing. What gives you a greater understanding is experience not age(this is excluding very young children).

So how about you tell us what this young teen thought she knew and then tell us how she was wrong in her understanding of her actions.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

If we could strip out the moral relativism, given that the corner of japan in which this situation occurred it is seen as morally bad, as the man was arrested. If we also remove the 'men=bad and women=good' hackneyed feminist rhetoric for a short while....

Arguably the girl engineered a situation whereby an illegal event took place. She actively sought out to prostitute herself and it was premeditated though extensive planning. As such she should also have been arrested and charged with at least conspiracy or blackmail.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Why would I care more about getting money than my dignity and my body? I can't understand girls nowadays. When I was touched by a guy when I was 5 years old and he asked me to do something horrible, I quickly said no, because inside of me I knew it was wrong. These kind of news kill me.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

Is the girl going to get punished for prostitution? She should.

-2 ( +4 / -6 )

Is there any info on how he got caught?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

He should move to China, where "Tu Yung" is just a name!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I'll bet he is very, very sorry for being caught.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

So how about you tell us what this young teen thought she knew and then tell us how she was wrong in her understanding of her actions.

She thought some bag and other useless crap were worth 40 000 yen, or even 1 yen, while that's just not worth owning. It's a minor mistake. She thought prostitution was a job like clearing tables in a coffee shop just better paid. That's not since it's illegal. Also that shows she thought that sex, love, fun, relationships were exchangeable with yen. On those 3, I think she was wrong but you may disagree depending on your own values. But the worse mistake is she thought the creep was considering her as a woman of 20, as she is 24 in her head. And the fact is he didn't. He was f...ing a little child. It's proved.

Can't understand why a man would want a fourteen year old when there are many eighteen and up who look fourteen.

Exactly. He wanted to buy her because she looks like a 8 yr old, that's why. It's very likely he would have had paid double if she had looked like a 4 yr old. And the more she'll get near the age of 20, the more she'll understand, and when she'll want kids, she'll think a lot about creeps the age of her potential parenting partners that were having pulsions for kids of 4, her future kids, their own kids.... But maybe she will totally open-minded and not disturbed at all.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

He wanted to buy her because she looks like a 8 yr old, that's why. It's very likely he would have had paid double if she had looked like a 4 yr old.

Specious reasoning, perhaps?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Specious reasoning, perhaps?

No, but OK the way I put it is weird. The issue is that she looks 4 or 8 or 10... it's looking like a kid, not a woman. It's not the average guy that hires prostitutes. This perv makes a special hunt and pays more to get kids rather than women. He has admitted it, and there a series. The term is pedophile, and that's a risk for children. I said 4 yr old because a little before, I was reading about the 5 yr old raped girl, which shows that they have no minimum age limit. I don't think the girl fully understand why it's a special problem.

arranged the transaction via a matchmaking website.

BTW : Which one ? They arrange enjo kosai for a fee ? How that 14 yr olds can enter there ?

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I dont know what freaks me out more. The fact that this guy was the same age as my husband and the girl nearly the same age as our daughter. Or that in most of the posts on here the people saying the girl "knew what she was doing" and suchlike are getting tons of thumbs up and the ones saying she was being "exploited" are getting tons of thumbs down.

She may well have "known what she was doing" (as far as 14 year olds ever do) - but that doesnt make it ok, and certainly doesnt mean she wont suffer any emotional consequences of selling herself for sex. The law is there for a reason - to protect girls who, due to whatever kind of dysfunctional upbringing they have had - are vulnerable to men who would take advantage of that confusion and lack of self esteem.

2 ( +5 / -3 )

I agree with sensai258, innocent she's not. She sat at her computer and arranged the meeting. Her parents should beat that ass.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

14 years old o.o...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

With the invent of the internet, social networking, etc etc...kids have access to much more info, be it good or bad, and thus are more knowledgeable with regards to 'The Ways of the World' than kids were in generations past.

It's 100% the parents responsibility to raise, teach, and observe your kids. Know what they're doing, who they hang with etc etc.....

If not, they just may fall into the life this young girl has.

The guy should be charged as he was and so should the girl and her parents.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

She knew what she was doing. I've seen girls like this around. They are not as innocent as they appear. I remember when I was 14 and I knew what I was doing when I made big decisions too.

This girl needs to go to underaged prison!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

Jack Stern Can't understand why a man would want a fourteen year old when there are many eighteen and up who look fourteen.

Can't understand why a normal man can have any sexual interest toward 14 years girl... it's a plenty of 18-35 of them.... mature in every sence.....

Is he sick ?

This girl - is spoiled stupid little child - NOT RESPONSIBLE for its actions in the legal sence .

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

If Ono should be arrested, the person who deflowered her must get arrested too.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

gaijinfo She wasn't exploited by anybody. She wen to a dating site and actively participated in setting up the meet

If she was 18 - I would totally agree with you....

BUT

She was 14

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Interesting that the ones saying that 14yr old girls don't know what they're doing are women, but the ones adamant that a 14yr old girl knows what she's doing are men.

I think the women probably have the better idea. And they no doubt realize that when this girl gets to be the age of her customer she will totally regret what she did. Pathetic that this guy only regrets that he got caught and will probably still not think he did the wrong thing at double his age.

As for the comment about buying and advertising... if there were no willing customers, there'd be no exploitation.

Simple, the guy is a rat. What man at that age could pay a girl that age for sex and then have any respect for himself if and when he has a 14yr old daughter of his own.

All we can say about the girl, is that 99% of 14yr olds DO have enough sense to not do what she did. At least I hope it's 99.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

She knows what she was doing

What a joke! 40,000 yen for a teenager is a huge amount of money!

I did not know that there was such a bunch of perverts among Japan Today readers, who are openly ready to blame this girl!

0 ( +1 / -1 )

lol You all discussin bout the girl... Did it ever come to u that maybe she is not real? The way the cops got this guy is a mystery but the way I see, they are the ones who got paid 40,000 yen to bust this pedophile.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

They both need help! I really do think Japan should have a serious mental institution where they could just locked in this crazy ppl. And help them mentally. Incld. That 14 years old baby girl who's maybe looking for an easy way to buy her contact lenses and makeup! She's not a victim she know's what she's doing. Crazy.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

How did he get caught? Easy. He girl blackmailed him, didn't pay. Got ratted out.

-2 ( +0 / -1 )

This has nothing to do with "innocence". One can and should never expect a child to take responsible decisions in situations like this. It is the adults 100% responsibility to avoid any sexual situation, even if the child apparently "knows what she is doing". She does not!

As long as the courts are full of people like you, these girls have no incentive to change their ways. Get caught? "They're minors, so it's not their fault" ergo, they aren't charged. Meanwhile she keeps the guy's 40,000 yen and for every time she gets caught in a month, there's probably 20 times she isn't caught. Let's see... 40,000 x 21 = 840,000 yen/month. That sure will help with high school expenses! (Yeah, RIGHT! Why waste time going to high school when she has at least five more years of raking in the cash without risk by flopping on her back as a "non-responsible" minor?)

1 ( +1 / -0 )

matchmaking or any site for dating single people below 18 can't join on the dating site, unless if they'll lies on their age.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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