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Detecting child prostitution increasingly difficult in Japan: survey

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Decreasing the hyper-specialization of girls and objectification of women would go a lot farther in blunting this issue than encouraging companies to raise awareness of it.

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While I agree - I would like to know more on what types of companies these perps worked for.  Being employed could mean by any entity - a bar, as a laborer, etc. - where employer given advice/attention to this issue is unlikely to be effective even if offered.

A better approach IMO - would be education of the kids - starting in middle school, but I doubt that parents or schools want to raise the topic of sex and exploitation by adults.

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84.5 percent saying they wanted "money for leisure and other activities,"

In other countries, the main reason for prostitution, either child or adult was out of desperation, either for money, drugs or something else. But in Japan, it seems to be a type of part-time job to get money. The whole enjo-kosai, or paid dating that many high school girls took/take part in, was similar. They wanted money to buy luxury brands etc. and used their bodies as a way of getting money quickly.

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Bottom line is, most if not all of these children are willingly having sex in exchange for money and gifts, that makes them prostitutes. Parents, here's a tip, if your daughter comes home with a brand new Louis Vuitton bag, maybe you should ask her how she got it.

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Are they working in a night club or prostitution cage?

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The finding suggests it has been increasingly difficult for parents and teachers to detect a change in the attitude of juveniles

No it isn't. Here's a hint: Take your child's phone and scroll through it! I know it's some kind of "invasion of privacy", but in this day and age, parents have to closely monitor certain kids.

I took my daughter's phone (which is actually mine that I loaned her 4 days prior) to put some kind of parent restrictions on it. Before I handed it to her, I thought I erased everything from it, because in the settings, I saw there were 77 photos which I thought were mine. I clicked on "PHOTOS" and saw that she had taken/send nude pics of herself. I wished I hadn't seen those pics. SHE IS 14. After that, no more phone!

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It would be less difficult to detect if it wasn't tacitly condoned by the authorities. Just look at the high ranking officer recently, who essentially got off completely untarnished after sex with dozens of underage girls. He's a predator. The authorities do little to nothing to combat child prostitution here, they mostly just turn a blind eye for fear of 'ruining someone's reputation'. It's sick.

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It’s a good indication when you see school girls in working class areas with brand bags. Or the number of brand bags in second hand shops in these areas.

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many of them were victimized by people they got acquainted with through social networking sites and using smartphones.

Mobile phones are a plague on humanity and ownership should be restricted to adults only.

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Miko, judging from what I have seen in the news, it is mostly through various dating sites and net boards.

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So how do they connect with their customers? It's not like "there's an app for that."

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So how do they connect with their customers? It's not like "there's an app for that."

Yes, therecare apps for that.

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Decreasing the hyper-specialization of girls and objectification of women would go a lot farther in blunting this issue than encouraging companies to raise awareness of it.

Chip, Perfect answer.

What do they expect? When manga, anime and regular porn is telling you that JKs are sex toys, how can they be surprised when JK prostitution happens? Its not only the men either. When girls grow up in a society where they are fetishized and treated as objects, they will come to believe that empowerment can only come by way of sex and prostitution.

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Yup, the fault of smart-phones and changing society again, instead of addressing the age-old societal problem of no one speaking up here. We have teachers who do NOTHING when they KNOW a kid is being bullied, and then the Administration, called by parents on the issue, does nothing. Then when he bullied kid commits suicide you have both the aforementioned parties claim they never knew. Then when proof they DID know comes out you just get an apology and a promise to not do it again. Then it happens again, and again, and again. I guarantee if a teacher here -- at least 99% of the time -- "detects a change" in kids going through puberty, they will do nothing but pray nothing happens.

Why do you think those dramas with the amazing teacher who cares for and goes above and beyond for his students in the third grade, 3-kumi or whatever do so well and entertain so many? Because it's wishful thinking and fantasy. Hell, even when a woman is dragged away by knife point and raped on a train people pretend not to see anything. This is not the fault of smart phones, it is because people don't want to stand up and say anything until after the fact. If it's "difficult to detect" it's because you've allowed it to become that way.

Surely it's not difficult to look up a "deiai saito" webpage for hooking up with teens, then set up a sting and close it down. Police, likewise, aren't interested in doing anything until a body turns up.

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Why they are checking their criminal records? why this news is putting the blame on the victims?

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@Zack - victim blaming is a common tactic by the guilty, I guess.

Here's my simple 2 cents: as long as there's a demand, there will be people and a market to answer that demand. Solving this problem will not be easy considering the taste developed by the people throughout the years. I wouldn't expect people to go cold turkey on their desires overnight even if it means getting hanged

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In other countries, the main reason for prostitution, either child or adult was out of desperation, either for money, drugs or something else. But in Japan, it seems to be a type of part-time job to get money.

It's the same in the West tbh. Casual prostitution has been 'detabooised' and it's now ok to have casual sex and get paid for it. Same re casual porn, selling nude pics etc. Many/most aren't junkies or desperate for money either.

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Does anybody else find it odd that they are focusing on the youths who participate in child porn and not the deviates who are recruiting them or the creeps that are promoting it? If they had half a dozen plain clothes police who walked into porn shops and asked for child porn I’m sure they could round up 90% of these creeps in a few months. Then, they need to put a few cops on the internet pretending to be buyers of child porn and they would round up the other 10% in a matter of weeks. It just seems to me the cops are looking at the wrong end of the spectrum.

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SirBentley28:

Not sure where you live, but you need to report that to the police, else you could be prosecuted for having kiddie prn. They can trace where the pix were sent too and if they were requested.

Disclaimer: not a licensed attorney

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Japan needs more people who would ask: "Why don't you take a seat right over there?"

https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/people/chris-hansen

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Kabukicho, Osaka and now also Akiba..

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What do they expect? When manga, anime and regular porn is telling you that JKs are sex toys, how can they be surprised when JK prostitution happens? Its not only the men either. When girls grow up in a society where they are fetishized and treated as objects, they will come to believe that empowerment can only come by way of sex and prostitution.

Agreed. My initial post meant to say hyper-sexualization. Oops.

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Young women of this age are frequently sexually objectified in the sort of publications and media followed by sick young and middle aged men, whereas boys of the same age are not. That has to tell you something about the place of women in society. If an analogous situation of some sort were affecting boys, there would be a hue and cry.

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"It's not like "there's an app for that." You're right, there are a bunch of them.

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Maybe, come to solve this from other side... since majority of these are indeed doing it at their own behest and not out of need or forced, maybe you should change the law to make them criminally liable.. then that LV bag might become not worth having.

obviously it wont be a catch all solution, but definitely will drop the rate .

in addition, I am willing to bet not that many johns actually aware how old is that girl that advertises her services and given no id is required to carry for a Japanese, there is also no easy way to find out.

yes , you could say that all prostitution is bad and bla bla... but it is the oldest profession out there and its unreasonable to arrest every single guy that ever paid for sex .

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@sirbently, I would be very carful of lending your phone, were sure that your intentions were and are totally honourable, but if the plod was to find out you might have to answer some difficult questions. as for the whole chapter about underage sex, this article goes on about "to help awareness in the work place", good start, but you need to go the the heart of the problem and that is giving good, unbiased sex education in schools to girls and boys, change there views, thoughts, feeling, teach them about a true loving relation ship should be like, and not what is portrade in AV or mens mags, give education on sexual health, IE STI's educate them on how unscrupulous people can manipulate youngsters, then we need to start looking at the Manga mags and other top shelf mags to, once this has started Japan needs to have a "sex offenders register" this will stop or cut down perps moving area two that they can't start all over again.

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Not sure where you live, but you need to report that to the police, else you could be prosecuted for having kiddie prn. They can trace where the pix were sent too and if they were requested.

You may be correct, legally speaking. But it's appalling that a father should be in the position of handing over naked pictures of his own daughter and reporting her to the police, or else face serious criminal charges.

As it is, it's an embarrassing and terrible family matter. Getting the police involved would only introduce trauma to everyone. A deeply private family matter should not be the business of the police unless someone is hurt or in danger.

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"It's not like "there's an app for that." You're right, there are a bunch of them

Several apps? Sweet! Uh.. I mean, that's TERRIBLE!

Anyway, I gotta go. I, uh, have things to do...

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