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Tokyo police take 13 underage girls into custody for 'JK walking'

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Police in Tokyo said they took 13 teenage girls into custody in Akihabara for "JK osanpo" (JK walking) this week. "JK osanpo" is a coined expression derived from “joshi-kosei” (high school girls) and "sanpo" (walking), and is the latest variation of "enjo kosai" (compensated dating).

Police said Akihabara has rapidly expanded as a hotbed for various types of sex crimes involving underage girls, TBS reported Wednesday. The 13 girls detained on Tuesday are aged 15 to 17; 11 of them attend school while the other two are runaways, police said. Some of them were wearing their school uniforms.

The girls solicit male passersby by offering to go for a walk with them or go to a cafe. The going rate is 5,000 yen for 30 minutes. Police said the girls told them that in some cases, they had been offered more money by men to go to love hotels, provide their underwear or let their "customers" take upskirt photos, TBS reported.

Police said their investigation has turned up 96 establishments in Akihabara acting as bases for "JK walkers."

A police spokesman said many of the girls taken into custody said they didn't think they were doing anything wrong and that their parents were unaware of what the girls were doing.

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I'm so glad I am not the parent of a teenage girl. What's happened to the morals of young people?

And what about their parents? I presume the girls use the money to buy brandname goods. Don't the parents ever ask them where they go the money from to buy them?

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Is this better than cracking down on the dirty old men perverts who frequent these places?

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Akihabara long ago outlived its usefulness as an electronics wholesale district. The valuable land it sits on (6 min. from Tokyo Station) should be redeveloped. If you need a refrigerator or TV set, you can buy it at a BIC, LABI or Yodobashi store adjacent to practically every large station on the Yamanote Line.

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The girls solicit male passersby by offering to go for a walk with them or go to a cafe. The going rate is 5,000 yen for 30 minutes

that's outrageous, no wonder foreign companies are pulling back their Japanese staff to HK

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I'm so glad I am not the parent of a teenage girl. What's happened to the morals of young people?

Well, I am the very glad parent of a teenage girl whose morals are just fine. It's quite ludicrous to assume that this story is representative of all teenage girls in Japan. Obviously, these kinds of girls are a tiny percentage of the teenage population. And, please... "what has happened to the 'morals' of young people"? That's what my father used to say about 50 years ago, and probably his father too about 50 years before that.

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I don't know which is worse, the fact that there are so many stupid and slutty young girls giving up their fruit for cash or the fact there are so many sicko perverts paying them to do it. I often watch the middle aged men ogling the young girls on the trains and know they are just twisted perverts. Japan, there is a perverted sickness within your society. Being a middle aged man with countless photos of under aged 'idol' girls on your phone is not normal. It is sick! Stop playing with your hotdog and get some therapy!

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No surprise the hotbed is Akihabara - the home of the AKB fanbase and the underage girl fetishists.

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So the girls get arrested but not their employer or they're customers, that is the biggest crime. Someone neglected to give the police a cut this month is how it looks.

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No surprise the hotbed is Akihabara - the home of the AKB fanbase and the underage girl fetishists.

My thoughts exactly...its a breeding ground for underaged prostitution and pedophilia

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moral wise not a good development but its a crime without a victim, therefore police should not take them into custody

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@sp4cerat

These are not adults. I couldn't care less if an adult woman did this...I personally think that prostitution should be decriminalized. These are CHILDREN. The victim to this crime are the underaged GIRLS, because they are too young to realized the consequences of their actions.

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Is this better than cracking down on the dirty old men perverts who frequent these places?

Of course it is, if you cracked down on those old geezer customers half of Tokyo`s public servants would be missing from work within a month ...

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@Cricky

So the girls get arrested but not their employer or their customers, that is the biggest crime. Someone neglected to give the police a cut this month is how it looks.

They weren't formally arrested; they were taken into custody for their own protection. The girls' welfare should be the police's priority; get them off the streets. That's what I'd want if it were my daughter.

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There may be no sex involved, but this is still exploitation of girls. The creepy pervs who use the 'services' offered by the girls should be the ones arrested.

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This is just a recent variation of the world's oldest profession.

It's ridiculous to presume these girls are innocent; they are doing this voluntarily. But, I do think they could be engaging in more respectable trades.

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lucabrasi I do agree but that's not the point, arrest the "Johns" big difference from child to adult! Child porn is child porn. It's great they save some children but does not stop the child sex trade that is going on.

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Taking these girls in custody (guidance) won't help solve the problem. Those (minors) that engage in prostitution should be charged accordingly including the male patrons. Early this year we had JK massage (reflexology) and now JK walking. It's a vicious circle.

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As the father of three teenaged girls I am not too worried about this phenomenon. Enjo kosai and now JK walking make for salacious and sensationalist news, which is popular to read, but the reality is that it is not quite as wide-spread as it is made out to be in some articles. No matter how much or little of a problem it is we are still talking about a problem. So many are quick to blame "bad parents". This might be so in some cases, but it is also true that some of those girls come from solidly middle-class households.

This cannot be solved just by arresting the johns, or taking the girls away. It takes a multi-pronged attack to reduce (not eliminate) the problem. Unfortunately the world's oldest profession is never going away, but steps can be taken to protect those that should not be there.

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The girls solicit male passersby by offering to go for a walk with them or go to a cafe. The going rate is 5,000 yen for 30 minutes.

Well, it's true that many men are out of shape, and a walk would do them good, but that seems a bit high. Would it be more expensive, or less expensive to run?

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I must be getting tired. When I clicked on the headline, I thought the police arrested underaged girls for J-walking.

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More girls mean more competition to lower the prices! Free enterprise FTW!

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Girls were arrested for walking? And then they were marched to the police station?

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Why does Japan have to change the name to something like enjokosai or JK walking? Call it what it is - prostitution. Part of the issue here is that Japan won't face up to the growing materialism and young girls feeling they have to sell themselves to buy a brand name bag or have money to hang out with friends. These girls aren't innocent victims. Arrest them - and their parents - and the men who pay for such services.

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What's happened to the morals of young people? Um, what about the morals of the male members of the older generation who are picking up these girls (if we are making assumptions)? I assume for every one of these girls there are numerous older men lurking.

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Why does Japan have to change the name to something like enjokosai or JK walking? Call it what it is - prostitution.

I agree with tmarie. This is prostitution. Not all of them. But the ones that accept money for going to love hotels are exactly that, prostitutes.

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What's happened to the morals of young people?

I'm pretty sure that prostitution among young ladies has been round lot longer than the last couple of years.

And if there's 96 known headquarters, there's likely a bunch more, which means that picking up 13 girls is not even a drop in the bucket.

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It seems to me that there really just needs to either be (or if it exists, enforce) a law that prevents making contracts (verbal agreements, etc) and/or paying for services when one of the parties is an underaged child.

Hypothetical situation, to be the devil's advocate:

While walking Akihabara, a schoolgirl approaches me and says "Can I have an English lesson?" I respond "Sure, it'll be 5,000 yen for 30 minutes. We can walk or goto a Cafe" She agrees, we head to a starbucks/McDonalds and have a quick, 30 minute private lesson.

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This situation is fairly innocent and pretty common I'd wager between adults and JETS looking to grab a few bucks, but without parental consent should it be illegal? I'd think yes.

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"Police said their investigation has turned up 96 establishments in Akihabara acting as bases for “JK walkers.”

There is money to be made in crime, the only problem is that the true bad guys are never caught.

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So many are quick to blame "bad parents". This might be so in some cases, but it is also true that some of those girls come from solidly middle-class households.

Yes, but middle-class does not mean healthy and functioning family. I think that is what these girls are certainly missing.

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. These girls collect money. It is not taxable? Step 1 for prostitution, rape,, murder. Before they become step 1 victim or pimps approach them, demand them to register as self employment business with taxation --- Parents will be responsible for paying self employment taxes.

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No surprise the hotbed is Akihabara - the home of the AKB fanbase and the underage girl fetishists.

Why are some of you bashing Akiba all of a sudden? Sure it's the home of Japan's "otaku culture", but it really also had a wonderful history of where you bought radios, TVs, light bulbs, electronic components and stuff.

That's why it's called the "Electric Town".

Look it up in Wikipedia!

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Nice idea for these girls to try to be involved in a "more respectable trade" but the basic math involved must make it very tempting for some i.e. work at Yoshinoya for 850 yen an hour or walk with some bloke for 30 min. (and avoid accepting any further requests for extra services) and earn 10,000 yen an hour..... I would happily walk with any lady (from 20 to 120 years old) for the same amount!

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This story reminds me of what a friend used to call 'English' oral prostitution, being paid to speak to a stranger for an hour for 6000yen, or some amount. And yeah, he would go for a long walk and talk 80% of the time. eikaiwa-sanpo...?

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Just a note to some who have commented! These girls are not prostitutes nor are they sluts! Even if you had bothered to check your dictionaries, you would know that. Everytime an article appears like this it gathers the most comments. Comments of disgust and outrage... Are you for real? To the fathers, I also have a daughter. I don't want her to feel that she has to earn money like this. I hope that i can provide for her and teach her to be responsible. Just as you do! Society is sick. A service like this, kids feeling the need to have to earn a living like this, and those who feed off articles like this! It makes me vomit! Lots to say but I'm on the train and couldn't be bothered. Thanks JT for keeping us up to date on what our saddened, lonely, and depressed children are doing to make up for where we are failing!

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"96 establishments in Akihabara acting as bases for" What's wrong with the police? No arrest?

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In continuance, 'morals of young people'???? Are you that docile? You must have been an amazing child! Never did anything wrong, eh? Morals of a child come from a variety of sources. Or perhaps you have forgotten that. Not only parents are to blame here. Yes, parents need to bring there kids up so they can meet the needs of society. I'm not blind. Bet i had it tougher than you! But to suggest they have no morals would be the same as suggesting your comments carry any weight! JT don't cut me off... I raise kids. I teach kids. I pray for kids everyday. I have hopes for ALL of them, but with attitudes like those displayed from comments generated by some of your readers i am very scared for their futures!

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What is the source of this article? I was watching a tv show the other night which is sounding strangely similar, though the police acted as potential clients. They contacted them via message boards and met up with the girls only to give them a stern talking to, had them surrounded by other police and then taken back to the station with their parents. The number detained was around the same. As were the types of 'service' examples provided. Could this be why there's not much info given? Or why there's no mention of pervs being taken into custody too? Pardon the comment if not. Just noticing something that sounds similar.

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Prostitution is the oldest profession on earth someone has to get laid and some one has to get paid. Even if you are married you are still paying LMAO! The only difference is a piece of paper makes it legal instead of a verbal agreement in other cases!!

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Best way to fight against crime like this is to expose these names of offenders found guilty as sex offenders against children in public newspapers.

Cutting a demand first by exposing these names seems to be working. No privacy issue here as they were legally found guilty and the information is a public record.

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Ignoring the sexual aspects that some of the customers proposed (I know, it's hard to ignore it), what I'm seeing here is girls charging approximately $50 in order to walk with some poor loser for a half hour. If the idiot is desperate or dumb enough to pay just for walking, I don't see the crime (unless, maybe Japan's version of "Solicitation"?). I see this as not much different than the hostess clubs except these are minors instead of adults. The girl gets cash for pretending to like someone enough to walk with them for a half-hour. Where I see problems is when the customer wants more and the girls are backing away, or the girls are looking at going along with it for more money.

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Digusting is all I have to say. How do you not know that your doing something wrong.

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Perverts I tell ya... I mean Japan is nation of awesome but sometimes it can be out of hand, like such article like this one.

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Another form of ESCORT service?

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The girls in these situations don't seem to have any idea of why it's wrong. I'm sure 99% of them realise that they are doing something generally accepted as bad, but they probably don't know why. I vaguely remember my teenage years, but viscerally remember thinking I knew everything.

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I 100% agree with you Disillusioned. japan disappointing me more and more.

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GalapagosnoGairaishuDec. 18, 2013 - 02:55PM JST

Akihabara isn't and has never been about buying a fridge, no one goes there to buy consumer electronics except tourists. Akihabara is for parts and even that is a small set of blocks, the rest is otaku culture clutter. Young girls selling themselves to nerds wouldn't disappear with a redevelopment. There are hotspots all over town with more serious activity than this.

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Akihabara isn't and has never been about buying a fridge, no one goes there to buy consumer electronics

When my sil was getting married we went to Akihabara to buy a fridge as a wedding present and she's lived all her life in Tokyo, definitely not a tourist. (How many tourists buy fridges?)

These days the big discount stores in the suburbs are cheaper, though. Then there's online.

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Just a note to some who have commented! These girls are not prostitutes nor are they sluts! Even if you had bothered to check your dictionaries, you would know that. Everytime an article appears like this it gathers the most comments. Comments of disgust and outrage... Are you for real?

The ones selling sexually favours are. I'm for real. I guess you don't realise how long this has been an issue in Japan.

What does your hard life have to do with any of this? We're talking about girls who are selling themselves - be it their time or their body - to make a quick buck. It says a lot about the society we are living in and how little these girls value themselves.

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Gosh, wouldn't it be easier to legitimately ask a person out on a date rather than dishing out ¥5,000 to spend the 30 minutes as an underage girl's pet? Have some dignity people...

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Respect varied opinions. Not an expert on Japan, but have hosted/ counseled varied international students who’ve stayed with our family and was active with Rotary Club International. Kiev Japanese students were informed of differences between USA and Japan. Not excusing the reported behavior of the girls in the article- but Japanese culture is a paradox of extreme group conformity vs (putting it diplomatically) aberration/fetishism/sexism. Yes, adolescent girls should be studying hard in school, helping parents, and preparing for college. Japanese working parents, materialism, immediate gratification, intense educational pressures at school, different cultural messages re: sexual roles, and the need for social safety valves- this is only a glimpse of this complicated society. It’s acceptable even for middle-aged/retired Rotary Club men who are married, with children, grandchildren, to go out via enjo kosai or pay a minimum of $1500 or more for a night with a quality geisha. Reportedly, perhaps younger generations don’t follow this- but who’re we to judge?

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