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Teacher arrested over alleged child prostitution with 16-year-old girl

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Police in Asahikawa, Hokkaido, have arrested a 47-year-old elementary teacher on suspicion of child prostitution after he allegedly paid a 16-year-old girl for sexual favors. 

According to police, Ikuo Katayama, a teacher employed at Asahikawa Municipal Higashimachi Elementary School, took the girl to a hotel on May 5, Sankei Shimbun reported. The girl is reportedly a part-time worker in the city and received 20,000 yen from Katayama in exchange for sexual services. 

Police said Katayama admitted he was fully aware that the girl was under the age of 18 after they became acquaintances on Twitter. The crime came to light after a cyber patrol on the internet found messages between the two.

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What is this cyber patrol, and how are they able to read people's private messages? I don't condone what he did, but it is scary that out messages can be read by anybody now!

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A teacher! Not a big fan of cyber snooping but he is a teacher and obviously needs to be watched. So good job. Seen way to many teachers of dubious intentions to fault the police watching my emails and especially theirs. Never trust anyone, trust yourself, protect children always.

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Ok so the pervert got what he deserved but is the girl being investigated for solicitation too? This is how it often goes: Japanese girls use social media to contact men to "help" them. It's called enjoukousai. The men then give them money and gifts in exchange for company and sex.

Maybe this girl is a genuine victim. But rarely do you hear about what is described above.

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I don’t condone what he did.

But you can’t exactly call her a victim if she willingly agreed to provide & was paid for said services

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Never trust anyone, trust yourself

Cuz ur not just anyone!

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What is this cyber patrol, and how are they able to read people's private messages?

It's twitter... ain't private.

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They both should be punished. The girl who took advantage of him needs to have her name and photo released.

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16 and out of school working. If she wants to go on compensated dates, fine.

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She's 16, old enough to know what she was getting into. Why is police checking private messages anyway? Scary

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@Oyatoi if you cant trust yourself who can you trust? Children are the most precious thing you can have. I don't understand your point.

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Not cool and he deserves his punishment because she is underaged but she is also to blame. Some juvenile delinquency going on there.

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The crime came to light after a cyber patrol on the internet found messages between the two.

HOW? Was he patrolling the dark web with his police flash light and stumbled upon their messages down a dark ally? Or were they having their conversation on an open chat where someone (a cyber patroller/administrator) reported them?

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The girl who took advantage of him needs to have her name and photo released.

Yes. Please publish her email address too. For reasons...

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Roppongi/Nishi-Azabu membership-only kousai clubs does forced underage prostitution with girls as young as 13 including arrangements for chem sex but police never cares.

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Roppongi/Nishi-Azabu membership-only kousai clubs does forced underage prostitution with girls as young as 13 including arrangements for chem sex but police never cares.

What’s chem sex??

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If you knowingly have sex with an underage girl, you should be punished, period.

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The age of consent is 16 in Japan. There are no laws I'm aware of regarding difference in age in compensated relationships. She's a prostitute, which is illegal, no matter your age. He's a john, so bust them both it that's what the law says. His life is over, anyway.

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It's twitter... ain't private.

It says they met on Twitter, not that their messages were found on Twitter. That is why I was concerned. Now if this idiot solicited a girl on Twitter, then not only does he deserve to be arrested but also he shouldn't be teaching he is so stupid.

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The age of consent is 16 in Japan.

Source???

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Source???

The internet

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they became acquaintances on Twitter. The crime came to light after a cyber patrol on the internet found messages between the two.

Wow! Big Brother is watching everyone.

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ulyssesToday  10:55 am JST

If you knowingly have sex with an underage girl, you should be punished, period.

'Don't Stand So Close To Me' - THE POLICE

And this incident happened a couple of times at my high school.

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under twenty girl with an over twenty guy can be a crime in Japan. depend a bit of other factors though

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Teachers.....some of them are a special kind of special aint they !

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a cyber patrol on the internet...........

Well how many are there exactly? And what gives them authority over others?

The girl is reportedly a part-time worker in the city and received 20,000 yen from Katayama in exchange for sexual services.

She knew the deals. He knew the deals. Neither knew how to be slick.

Arrest them both. Morons. Why even make deals on twitter? Find other ways to get in contact if you're gonna do this kind of stuff.

It's like one of those J-Dramas, where you're supposed to root for the guy and he's all shy and stuff. But in the end, you hate everyone in the show and are rooting for them to fail instead.

That being said, get them both off of the streets. Do us all a favor.

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16 is considered conscentual in many western countries. And she did it for money.

But he knows it is illegal in Japan and he is a 47yr old school teacher. 2yrs + loss of teaching license.

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May be consensual here also but money was involved so he (they) got arrested

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ExJournoToday  07:34 am JST

Ok so the pervert got what he deserved but is the girl being investigated for solicitation too? This is how it often goes: Japanese girls use social media to contact men to "help" them. It's called enjoukousai. The men then give them money and gifts in exchange for company and sex.

Maybe this girl is a genuine victim. But rarely do you hear about what is described above.

She’s a child. She’s not old enough to understand the ramifications of sex work. An older man paid her but that doesn’t make her responsible. The reason any kind of legal sex work, like porn, is not legal for minors is because they are too young and inexperienced, can’t understand the ramifications of their decisions, and can easily be coerced and taken advantage of.

That’s why he’s been charged and she has not.

This is 100% on him.

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Police said Katayama admitted he was fully aware that the girl was under the age of 18 after they became acquaintances on Twitter. The crime came to light after a cyber patrol on the internet found messages between the two.

I am not condoning what he did, but what the heck is this "cyber patrol"? Are we talking about the government monitoring social media like in CCP China?

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She’s a child. She’s not old enough to understand the ramifications of sex work. An older man paid her but that doesn’t make her responsible. The reason any kind of legal sex work, like porn, is not legal for minors is because they are too young and inexperienced, can’t understand the ramifications of their decisions, and can easily be coerced and taken advantage of.

That’s why he’s been charged and she has not.

This is 100% on him.

Your post seems to be assuming it was the first time she ever had sex. She could be more experienced than all of us and fully understand the ramifications, and, for all we know, she may have had experiences with boys her age. For him to have met her, she would have had to have a way for him to contact her and she would have had to agree. Doubt if there was any real coercion on his part. Stated plainly: he wanted sexual services and she wanted money. She may have even been enjoying that life. I would hesitate to call her an innocent victim and if she weren't out there then she could not be victimized so she obviously bares some of the blame.

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What’s chem sex??

With stimulants, which is illegal in Japan, but those membership-only kousai clubs have good connections that they essentially have a carte-blanche. Getting the girls addicted also allowed these establishments to better control their girls.

The drug and sex trade occurring in those membership-only kousai clubs (requires invitation by existing member to join) are not exactly a secret and been going on for years. Only because the members are generally rich and well-connected people that they essentially became the guaranteed safe trade hub for supposedly illegal activities.

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Horrific case and once again, the blame is being shifted onto the victim.

Some even suggesting that she might have enjoyed it.

Ugly, ugly posts.

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Disgusting, and not surprising the usual crowd subtly and not so subtly shifts blame onto the victim.

There's a reason why such things are prosecuted in other countries, it's not only because of the ages of the victims, but because of the dynamics of the student/teacher thing.

Lock him up!

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They both should be punished. The girl who took advantage of him needs to have her name and photo released.

No.

First she is 16. That should be enough.

Second, do some research to see how a significant amount of women end up in these situations.

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First she is 16. That should be enough.

Should be enough but it's not, else the charge would be rape.

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If you are a 47 year old male paying a 16 year old for sex then you have serious issues that need to be dealt with.

Adding in this persons profession only adds the the depravity of this disgusting individual.

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Japan’s Child Welfare Act defines a child as anyone below the age of 18 years. Article 34 of the Act forbids any person from causing a child to commit obscene acts.

Age of consent varies from 13, to 16-18 but she's legally a child still

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MocheakeToday 02:34 pm JST

Your post seems to be assuming it was the first time she ever had sex. She could be more experienced than all of us and fully understand the ramifications, and, for all we know, she may have had experiences with boys her age.

I'm not assuming anything about her sexual experience, because her sexual experience is completely irrelevant.

Even if she has been a sex worker for some time now, she is still not old enough, mature enough, experienced enough in life, or have the standing in society and the power to knowingly, freely, and with full understanding of the ramifications, make the decision to be a sex worker.

Why do you think all kinds of legal sex work, such as porn, is illegal for those under 18? Even 18 year olds don't always know what they are getting into, but that happens to be the age society has collectively chosen as the age of adulthood - and she is still two years away from it.

For him to have met her, she would have had to have a way for him to contact her and she would have had to agree. Doubt if there was any real coercion on his part. Stated plainly: he wanted sexual services and she wanted money. She may have even been enjoying that life. I would hesitate to call her an innocent victim and if she weren't out there then she could not be victimized so she obviously bares some of the blame.

You are assuming she is doing sexwork of her own free will. But are you aware that many teenage sex workers are from abusive households, have been sexually abused, are often homeless, and engage in sex work for survival? Did you know many of them are exploited by pimps and forced into sex work, but have no way to escape as there are no adults in their lives that can help them?

Think of a teenage sex worker desperate for an adult to help them, but instead meeting man after man who cares absolutely nothing about her story, nothing about her as a person, and just wants to put his penis into her and then leave as fast as he can.

Not only is the 100% on this man for hiring her, he should be ashamed of himself. He is an adult man who works with children - thank god he was caught so he can't do that to any other young girls.

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Bugle Boy of Company BToday 04:21 pm JST

so you don’t think girls enjoy sex? I suppose girls don’t pleasure themselves, either, eh?

No one said this. You are misunderstanding the comment, or perhaps trying to create a strawman.

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All prostitutes are victims.

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No one said this. You are misunderstanding the comment, or perhaps trying to create a strawman.

Long time no see, GIT!

I understand the comment and I’m not trying to create a strawman. I think the 16-year-old girl enjoyed it. She did it willingly, so what else could we think?

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Bugle Boy of Company BToday 06:57 pm JST

I understand the comment and I’m not trying to create a strawman. I think the 16-year-old girl enjoyed it. She did it willingly, so what else could we think?

As I replied to someone else,

You are assuming she is doing sex work of her own free will. But are you aware that many teenage sex workers are from abusive households, have been sexually abused, are often homeless, and engage in sex work for survival? Did you know many of them are exploited by pimps and forced into sex work, but have no way to escape as there are no adults in their lives that can help them?

It's more likely she is being exploited than she is a teenage Lolita - don't forget that Lolita was the made-up sexual fantasy of an old pervert who was searching for a way to justify his lust for underage girls.

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Police said Katayama admitted he was fully aware that the girl was under the age of 18 after they became acquaintances on Twitter.

Twitter, the cesspool of the internet.

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It's more likely she is being exploited 

Maybe, but there is no more evidence for that than for the idea that she enjoyed it.

You are assuming she is doing sex work of her own free will.

Of course. Based on the information given in the article, it is completely logical to assume such a thing - if we are to make assumptions at all.

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Bugle Boy of Company BJuly 10 07:34 pm JST

Maybe, but there is no more evidence for that than for the idea that she enjoyed it.

Of course. Based on the information given in the article, it is completely logical to assume such a thing - if we are to make assumptions at all.

Considering the statistics complied by the Japanese government and all the information gathered by groups like Lighthouse Japan and the group Colabo, it's far more likely she is being trafficked than doing this on her own.

I think you might want to question yourself as to why anyone would imagine a 16 year old would enjoy being a sex worker. In my view, that could indicate either an unhealthy sexual attraction to children e.g., Nabokov-like fantasies, and/or misogyny.

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I think you might want to question yourself as to why anyone would imagine a 16 year old would enjoy being a sex worker. In my view, that could indicate either an unhealthy sexual attraction to children e.g., Nabokov-like fantasies, and/or misogyny.

Unfortunately, some in Japan have a sordid history of attraction to minors. They will excuse young girls being used for sex by claiming the children enjoy such abuse, in order to justify their own failings.

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I think you might want to question yourself as to why anyone would imagine a 16 year old would enjoy being a sex worker.

Sorry. Did I misread the article. Did it say she was a sex worker?

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another perv

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Sorry. Did I misread the article. Did it say she was a sex worker?

No, Bugle Boy of Company B, you are absolutely correct.

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