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Train gropers who fall to temptation intentionally targeted by extortion squads

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The latest scam in the news these days involves turning the tables on perpetrators of sexual assault on crowded passenger transport, and hitting them hard in the wallet. This is referred to in Japanese as chikan kyokatsu (extorting gropers).

How does this work? In a nutshell, teams of three or four extortionists will spot a potential target aboard a train and then engage in entrapment using a female confederate as bait.

"The crime takes place on a commuter train during morning rush hour," explains attorney Sho Wakabayashi in Spa magazine (Oct 24-31). "The teams are good at spotting the sort of man who's likely to give in to temptation. At this point, the woman intentionally moves within close physical proximity.

"The female decoy will typically be wearing non-revealing garments," Wakabayashi added. "That's because in the eyes of a groper, if she dresses like a self-assertive woman she's more likely to be a bossy type, the kind who fights back, which a chikan would prefer to avoid."

Unable or unwilling to resist temptation, the extortionists' target, unaware that he's being set up, reaches out with his hands or fingers. The extortionists then pounce, with the two men leaping to their feet shouting Chikan! (groper), and coming to the woman's "rescue."

After forcing the man off the train at the next stop, the target is frisked and his business card or company ID card are photographed. They will menacingly ask him, "Shall we summon the police?" At this point the man usually begs them, "No, please don't." Then the woman will chime in saying, "Well we won't say anything to the police, but how are you going to take responsibility?"

Facing either arrest and/or public exposure, the totally intimidated victim is usually more than willing to make the problem go away with a financial settlement.

The going rate for getting oneself off the hook can run up to ¥1 million or over.

Spa claims to be aware of at least five such incidents going back to 2008, three in Osaka and two in Tokyo.

"Obviously these extortion activities are illegal, and the perpetrators risk being charged with intimidation, extortion, personal injury and so on," attorney Wakabayashi tells the magazine, adding "The women who serve as decoys can also be charged as co-conspirators."

Wakabayashi also said his office has consulted with men who've been on the receiving end of such threats, but noted that tracking down the perpetrators is likely to be exceedingly difficult. Ergo, the chances of their recovering any of the funds paid out are slim to none.

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I do know that there are extortionists who target ordinary men on the train and force them into false confessions for money. But "the teams are good at spotting the sort of man who's likely to give in to temptation"? Come on.

I've been riding Tokyo trains for 30 years, and, like most women, have encountered chikan too many times to count. You'd think that if anyone were able to spot men who "might succumb to temptation" it would be women, and that over time we'd learn how to avoid those men.

But we don't. We wind up next to chikan all the time. It happens over and over, no matter what precautions we take, where we stand, or how we dress. Because you can't tell. There's no way this "spotting technique" they claim to use is real.

But hey, if anyone would know how to spot chikan, it would be associations that support victims of sexual assault, right? So if anyone knows where those support centers hold classes in chikan-spotting to help women learn to avoid chikan, do let me know. I'd love to attend.

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I do know that there are extortionists who target ordinary men on the train and force them into false confessions for money. But "the teams are good at spotting the sort of man who's likely to give in to temptation"? Come on.

Indeed. We don't need moral police.

Education is key.

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But "the teams are good at spotting the sort of man who's likely to give in to temptation"?

It may take practice and time but after some time they'll develop skill to identify those kind of pervert. There are groups that monetize from this.

https://japantoday.com/category/crime/pervert-hunter-arrested-by-tokyo-police-for-less-than-pure-intentions

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Less in being able to spot the perv and more the prevalence of these type of person existing. Stand on a train long enough, you get groped. Maybe the police might learn from some of these lessons.

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I remember there used to be a fanzine for gropers here. It went bust within the first year, so I suppose their issues are collector's items. The name of the publisher was Finger Press.

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Hard to feel bad about the victims of the extortion when they actually groped the girl, but letting these people keep their activities means they (or others that see an easier business opportunity) to involve people that simply are close to the bait. This would be of course bad for the falsely accused, but also for the real victims of groping because it gives an excuse for the actual gropers that can then claim they are being extorted since this is "known to happen". So the best would be to catch these criminals so the excuse stops being credible.

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I seem to remember being taught that "two wrongs don't make a right." Both parties would be equally wrong, equally despicable, in my view.

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This scam was first reported in 2008 according to the article which states that it is the latest scam. Also there have been five incidents since then, which doesn’t sound too frequent. There must be better ways to extort money than this.

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I find it tough when beautiful women keep standing close to me. feels like a setup. Wish they would move somewhere else.

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I've been riding Tokyo trains for 30 years, and, like most women, have encountered chikan too many times to count.

Wow. You'd think the trauma of that would make you consider leaving. I know if it happened to me even once, I'd probably consider leaving this country. But over and over? You're tougher than me.

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How weak is this? At this point the man usually begs them, "No, please don't." Then the woman will chime in saying, "Well we won't say anything to the police, but how are you going to take responsibility?"I would tell her to go F herself!!!

After forcing the man off the train at the next stop, the target is frisked and his business card or company ID card are photographed. They will menacingly ask him, "Shall we summon the police?" At this point the man usually begs them, "No, please don't." Then the woman will chime in saying, "Well we won't say anything to the police, but how are you going to take responsibility?"

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Ever watched a 2007 Japanese movie "I didn't do it" ?

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This might be one effective way to reduce the chikan incidents actually, since nothing else seemed to have worked.

How would you know? "nothing else" do not include much, and as explained this could be counterproductive and just give gropers a credible excuse to use when discovered.

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On the rare occasions that I ride Tokyo trains (I live in Hokkaido), I hold the hand rails with both hands. I am terrified of bumping into someone inadvertently and being accused of being called a chikan.

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Why would it be impossible to track them down and return the money? They are in a train station with cameras and now the train has cameras too.

If these gangs dont find a guy who falls for their plots, they will target innocent people.

What kind of article ends with an assumption that it’s impossible to catch them?

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Why would it be impossible to track them down and return the money? They are in a train station with cameras and now the train has cameras too.

That would still require the victim admitting to sexual assault. Entrapment or otherwise, it is still a crime, and he should be convicted.

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I might be wrong here, but don't you think non-gropers get wrapped into this? They perpetrators don't have to target a probable groper, but just any guy. What's he going to do? With the gropers that there are, wouldn't he be in the same situation as a groper? As I said, I could be wrong. I hope for the poor non-groper that I am.

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