The National Police Agency said that in 2013, it reprimanded 158 minors for using the Internet to solicit paid-for dates, prostitution or sell underwear.
Last year, the NPA instituted a cyberguidance policy to prevent minors under the age of 18 from being victimized or from indulging in sordid acts. Officers go online in search of minors who are offering sexual services and notify them that what they are doing is illegal.
The NPA said that 150 girls and 8 boys ranging in age from 13 to 18 were contacted by police last year, NTV reported Friday. Of those, 73 girls had posted messages offering to sell their underwear, while 82 were involved in prostitution, NTV reported.
The NPA said that officers arranged to meet the minors in person after contacting them online without identifying themselves as police officers. After meeting them in person, the police then took them to their parents.© Japan Today