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Police officer found to be sex worker after leaving her gun in public restroom

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Hyogo Prefectural Police say that an unnamed sergeant voluntarily resigned after it was discovered that she had engaged in the sex industry in a kind of call-girl service known as “delivery health,” where women are dispatched to a location of the client’s choosing.

It is reported that between May and September of this year she worked part-time as a sex worker on holidays and days when she finished early. She is said to have worked 20 shifts, earning 300,000 yen, which the 27-year-old used on luxuries such as going to restaurants.

However, all this side-work must have overwhelmed the sergeant, because on Sept 29, she had left her belt, complete with handcuffs and loaded handgun, in a public restroom in Aioi Station, Aioi City. An hour and a half later, the weapon was found unused by a commuter who turned it in to the station.

It wasn’t until the subsequent internal investigation that the officer’s moonlighting came to light. The Local Public Service Act prohibits government employees from taking second jobs… probably because it can lead to guns getting left around. Also, because in this case the job was quasi-prostitution, her work violated the rule against “disreputable behavior” by civil servants.

The Hyogo Prefectural Police took a series of measures including a one-month suspension of the officer in question. However, on the same day as the announcement she is said to have handed over her badge and gun permanently, assuming she remembered where they were at the time.

Although this was a salacious scandal of sex and guns, netizens were surprisingly sober in their comments — for the most part.

“I wonder if she was really paying off some kind of debt.”

“It’s a shame police officers aren’t making enough money. Their job is hard, and they should earn a lot.”

“It’s a very serious incident, but really strange too.”

“Proper gun handling should be any officer’s ‘second job.'”

“Do you think she at least tried to say she was deep undercover? I mean, I would have at least tried it.”

“Wow, living on both sides of the law.”

“On the bright side, this could be the start of a very lucrative adult video career.”

While embarrassing for all involved, at least no one was hurt by the abandoned gun.

Sources: Kobe Shimbun Next, Kyodo News, Hachima Kiko

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 because in this case the job was quasi-prostitution

Nope, providing sex in exchange for money is called prostitution. There isn't such thing like quasi-prostitution because she was not providing quasi-sex.

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I am curious how many male coworkers visit such establishments and use such services. But to work in one is where the line is crossed.

Incorrect. Getting caught is where the line is crossed.

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because in this case the job was quasi-prostitution,

There is nothing 'quasi' about it. This is where Japanese sex laws get very gray. Paying a woman for a date is not prostitution regardless of what happens on the date. It must be a pre-arrange sexual encounter to be deemed prostitution. This is a tradition that goes way back to when there were thousands of 'geisha' all over Japan. This is also how so many teenage girls end up in love hotels with older men. They are on a paid date and get slipped a few more maan for 'extra' services. However, it is not prostitution.

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disreputable behavior” by civil servants

I am curious how many male coworkers visit such establishments and use such services. But to work in one is where the line is crossed.

The Local Public Service Act prohibits government employees from taking second jobs… probably because it can lead to guns getting left around

I have a friend that is a police officer. Her days off are rotating. She sometimes works almost 48 hours straight on some shifts. Yet she gets paid lower than an English teacher. This is why that side job was more appealing to her than keeping her job as a police officer.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

I guess in the sex industry journal there will be an article headlined: "Sex worker found to be real police officer after leaving handcuffs and gun in restroom."

13 ( +13 / -0 )

*A fine example of Japanese "logic."

10 ( +13 / -3 )

The translation seems to be in error. She earned 300,000 yen 'during that time', not each time.

警察が経緯などを調査していたところ、ことし5月から9月の間、勤務時間外に大阪市内の風俗店で働き、およそ30万円の収入を得ていたことが分かったということです。

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/html/20191018/k10012139031000.html

Moderator: Yes that is correct. The story has been amended to reflect that.

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 They are on a paid date and get slipped a few more maan for 'extra' services. However, it is not prostitution.

@No Business - LOL! You believe that, you'll believe anything

I’m afraid it is you who has no idea how this stuff works in Japan.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

For those who don't understand the term quasi-prostitution is used let me explain that the action may not be prostitution as the word is defined in law, and the legal definition of a word is often narrower than the dictionary definition. It seems quite likely that quasi-prostitution is also defined by law.

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*A fine example of Japanese "logic."

hold on isn't prostitution illegal in Japan, you get a suspended jail sentence for smoking pot , but if your a police officer admit bumping uglies in exchange for cash you can get off with no arrest!? Japanese justice is as immoral as it is illogical.

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She is said to have worked 20 shifts, earning 300,000 yen each time

Wow! How long is a shift? Or, rather, how many clients is that?? Or how much are these guys paying?? Why is she still a cop? That's awesome money! Can I sign up?

So many questions!!

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However, all this side-work must have overwhelmed the sergeant....

.... assuming she remembered where they were at the time.

Is the no name writer,like the no name former police officer,trying to be funny with the above lines? Tacky writing.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

I'm going to go out on a limb and say that everyone has their needs and I won't judge them for taking any kind of job to get by, at least they're getting after it. I hope she manages to keep her day job so she won't be forced to go full time on her part time job. Sad times we're in

4 ( +10 / -6 )

Prostitution by women who choose to do it is a victimless crime.

Who gets harmed?

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Burning bush:

Because Most people can't separate church and state where many religions look down upon the earliest occupation.

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is prostitution illegal in Japan? it seems there are many ways its defined, just like gambling

It is illegal, however, it is defined as sex for money and the definition of sex in Japan is the Bill Clinton one.... i.e. if it is not coital, it is not sex. That is why there is a plethora of shops, like the "delivery health" mentioned in the story, offering all sorts of ways to create happy ends for the guys, but they make sure that they do not offer "sex".

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 They are on a paid date and get slipped a few more maan for 'extra' services. However, it is not prostitution.

LOL! You believe that, you'll believe anything.

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This is a shame that a public servant such as a law enforcement office turns to this trade business as more lucrative in pay than the profession one chooses. The pay should be increased so that this doesn't happen. The fact that she was a sergeant means she had been there for several years. Why not use the wasted tax money paid for the upcoming "social" parties and pay law enforcement more or use to help the ones most hit by the typhoon i.e. city infrastructure rebuild projects.

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she had left her belt, complete with handcuffs and loaded handgun, in a public restroom in Aioi Station, Aioi City.

It wasn’t until the subsequent internal investigation that the officer’s moonlighting came to light. 

she obviously wasn't on duty around Aioi station that day or something? are police allowed to use public restrooms when nature calls? I'd love to see details of this 'internal investigation' and how they linked police items 'forgotten' in a public restroom with her doing delihelth

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What I would like to know is how come she left her gun and handcuffs in the rest room? was she on the job whilst on the job? you can take that either way ( and she probably did) did the customer have a fetish for a lady police officer? yet again has she declared her income 300,000 yen to the tax office? as 300,000 yen is a fair bit of money, has she or will she be charged with tax evasion? how do people who work in this sort of sex business get away with not paying their taxes? if it was another professional person ie electrician, joiner, shop worker, taxi driver, restaurant owner would get prosecuted for not declaring there income.

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Consider that of all we have heard indicates that outside of leaving her gun in a restroom, she was working as a cop and apparently no one suspected a thing.

oh believe me some Japanese women are professionals when it come to leading a double life. A good male friend of mine was in a purely physical relationship , (he was sure wasn't the only man involved ) with a career professional Japanese woman, she was basically nymphomaniac .Nobody in her family or even her best friends suspected anything and she was very careful to be sure they didnt.

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She handed her badge because she knew being policeman is no money in this country.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

is prostitution illegal in Japan? it seems there are many ways its defined, just like gambling (pachinko)

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20 shifts and only ¥300,000? Guess they're not unionized.

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This sounds like another "rip from the headlines" storyline for the US TV show Law and Order SVU.

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I'm guessing the part-time gig goes to full time now...

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the women will suffer from a range of problems

Most of the problems caused are because its illegal and unregulated. Most of the rest are because of the stupid social stigma. And both are reasons why women who already have problems or would anyway gravitate toward it.

Consider that of all we have heard indicates that outside of leaving her gun in a restroom, she was working as a cop and apparently no one suspected a thing.

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"It wasn't prostitution, honest! We fell in love at first sight! As soon as I saw him, I knew he was the man for me! And he didn't have time to get me a birthday present, so he gave me some money so that I could get what I want!"

PC49 "Bubbles"

2 ( +2 / -0 )

What caught my attention: "the 27-year-old used on luxuries such as going to restaurants."

Are the police that poorly paid that eating at a restaurant is a luxury?

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he prostitutes herself and she leaves her firearm and utility belt in the public restroom and uses the money to go out and eat in restaurants.....

Man, doesn’t get more bizarre than this...Japan....wow.....

perhaps all of the above, on the same day too!!

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I wanted to see her get dressed after the deed and then be like, “Oh, you under arrest for soliciting sex”

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I wonder how many times this sergeant has had her chambers loaded.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Prostitution by women who choose to do it is a victimless crime.

Who gets harmed?

The kid who finds the prostitute's gun in the restroom and shoots herself playing with it?

1 ( +4 / -3 )

This sounds like something they might use in the future in Law and Order SVU.

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I'm wondering what the salary of a Police Sergeant is in Hyogo if this one had to resort to prostitution to make ends meet?????

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@Norman Goodman

Nowhere in the article is “luxurious food” mentioned-please reread the article...

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Who among us hasn't left something behind in a restroom?

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Nowhere in the article is “luxurious food” mentioned-please reread the article...

How about I quote the article:

earning 300,000 yen, which the 27-year-old used on luxuries such as going to restaurants.

Do you think she needed extra money to be able to afford going to McDonald's and Gusto?

There are lots of good restaurants in Japan and probably none of them can be considered cheap. Good real, fresh food costs a bit of money and compared to most places in my country, it is luxurious just being fresh and real. Further the quote implies something more than average and definitely not something less than. Anyone who believes Japan is short on restaurants which can be termed a luxury is simply avoiding good restaurants whether by decision or lifestyle.

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Her story will be the script of Porn movie!

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There are lots of good restaurants in Japan and probably none of them can be considered cheap. Good real, fresh food costs a bit of money and compared to most places in my country, it is luxurious just being fresh and real. Further the quote implies something more than average and definitely not something less than. Anyone who believes Japan is short on restaurants which can be termed a luxury is simply avoiding good restaurants whether by decision or lifestyle.

the quote implies that she couldn't 'even' go to restaurants (on her 'meagre' public official wages), perhaps suggesting a diet of instant noodles or some other low-level eating style. it doesn't imply how many michelins the restaurant has been awarded.

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have gun will travel ... takes on a new meaning

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@elephant200 - maybe she was a member of the "Mini Skirt Police" team ?

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yeah.........we need pictures here. How else will we be able to identify the culprit?

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Whatever her reasons, this is not behaviour becoming of a public servant, not least because she opened herself up to blackmail.

Gross misconduct in a public office... you’re fired!

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This sudden fame could open up new opportunities as the Johns will be lining up to get arrested and cuffed by her.

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Lol, if ever ya wanna dominate a police officer

I have a friend that is a police officer. Her days off are rotating. She sometimes works almost 48 hours straight on some shifts. Yet she gets paid lower than an English teacher. This is why that side job was more appealing to her than keeping her job as a police officer.

That's because Japan has an over-employment of police officers - when the supply over-strips demand

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She prostitutes herself and she leaves her firearm and utility belt in the public restroom and uses the money to go out and eat in restaurants.....

Man, doesn’t get more bizarre than this...Japan....wow.....

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I have no idea how the gun incident led to her being discovered at a moonlighting prostitute, but if she was on duty and moonlighting at the same time and THAT'S why she left her gun behind I want her in jail for at least 5 years. I don't care if she was prostituting or working part time at a takoyaki stand, but a cop leaving a gun in a lav is damn serious. You don't double up on work directly in that job, although I have no problem with separate moonlighting to make ends meet.

That said, underpaying cops is a horrific practice. If Japan is over-staffed, fire some. Nobody needs surplus enforcers about trampling freedom.
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Think of the people she helped as Police and the people she made happy providing a service. A good person, bless her.

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"No, that is not a gun in my pants but I am happy to see you."

0 ( +0 / -0 )

There's been a number of female Japanese police officers caught working in the redlight industries lately, I thought one even had a boy friend who dobbed her into her boss before ditching her.

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Man, doesn’t get more bizarre than this...Japan....wow.....

In case this news happened to be true (which I doubt, since after checking the sources quoted by JapanToday it was not possible to find it there, and also there are no names or pictures provided), cases like this are extremely rare in Japan.

In fact, even more messed up stuff happens in every other single nation every day. Why does only Japan get so much flak, being one of the countries with the lowest crime rate? And also the gaijin population commit many of those criminal offences (go to Roppongi any night and you will see for yourself what expats do). If all gaijin in the country were to be deported, Japan would become the nation with the least amount of crimes on the planet.

So many foreigners with an inexplicable, unreasonable bias towards Japan. Sure, there are Japanese evildoers and nutjobs as well, but in a much lower ratio than people of other nationalities, so it is hard to understand such unfairness.

Maybe you should check the news of your country, because you seem to be willfully oblivious to everything that happens there. I guess it makes you feel better to focus on the "dark side" of other countries so as not to see what happens in your own nation.

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leaving a loaded gun in the toilets should be classed as gross misconduct any way, so she should be sacked just for that.

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Like Marilyn Monroe said, "Is that a gun in your restroom, or are you just happy to see me?".

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Some may see this as Poetic Justice... being by the Police, and now having an opportunity to the Police....

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Going to eat in a restaurant in Japan is far from being “a luxury”

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Going to eat in a restaurant in Japan is far from being “a luxury”

Clearly you don't get out much or you refuse to pay a tab over a certain amount. Don't bash the fine restaurants of this country if you insist on only frequenting the greasy spoons serving unfrozen microwaved peasant fare.

Luxurious food will cost a prostitute's wages anywhere on Earth.

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I like her style.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Japanese justice is as immoral as it is illogical.

Subscribe to reason.com that features among other things legal absurdities and injustice in the US to get some perspective on Japan. reason.com is a particularly good source for the many absurdities and injustices related to drug and prostitution law in the US.

Learn something about other major countries before condeming Japan.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

Maybe she just wanted a unique way to practice using her handcuffs?

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Uniforms can be hot...just saying.

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

I’m afraid it is you who has no idea how this stuff works in Japan

I absolutely GUARANTEE you I do.

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While I'm not opposed to prostitution the women will suffer from a range of problems, emotional, physical hurt, sexual diseases, emotional, mental, drug use and addictions, economic, to name a few.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

She wasn't hurting anyone and doing it on her off time.

Who cares already.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Prostitution is illegal.

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