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Police survey on 'compensated dating' reveals girls often lured by money

A recent Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) survey on the so-called "JK businesses" -- compensated dating services with teenage girls -- has revealed that many of its respondents decided to take up this line of work to make pocket money, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

    "Joshi Kosei (high school girls) businesses," commonly known as "JK businesses" essentially consist of customers paying to spend time with adolescent girls -- and sometimes results in sex taking place between the client and the girl.

    The MPD surveyed a total of 42 girls aged between 15 and 17 who were working at JK business shops in Tokyo, which were raided in June and July 2016.

    Sixty-six percent of the respondents explained that they became aware of a JK business shop through a friend, and 60 percent (multiple answers possible) stated that they had become JK business workers to earn money for entertainment costs such as concert tickets.

    Forty-five percent of the girls stated that they use their earnings to pay for products such as clothes and cosmetics, while 14 percent said that they use their earnings to cover living costs. About half of the respondents stated that they earn less than 100,000 yen per month, whereas five of the 42 girls mentioned that they earn in excess of 500,000 yen per month.

    However, this kind of high income comes at a very dark cost. As one of their various services to clients, JK businesses offer something called a "back option" or -- "ura-opu" in Japanese -- which is the provision of illegal sexual services by the adolescent girl.

    In response to questions concerning "ura-opu," 29 percent of the girls said that, "In certain situations, sex with the client can't be helped" -- with the majority of such girls justifying it as being a chance to receive money.

    Meanwhile, some 70 percent of the respondents said that they were satisfied with home life, and approximately 30 percent said that they were content with school life. As the MPD stresses, "The girls that go into the JK businesses are not just kids who are unhappy at home and school. Many of them are ordinary girls who see them as a chance to make some easy money."

    The MPD plans to submit the results of the survey to organizations such as boards of education, as a handy reference for teaching in the future. In addition, the same department has also submitted a bill to revise an ordinance regulating JK businesses to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly.

    Under the proposals, the police plan to clamp down on five JK business categories such as "refresh" (which includes a massage service) and "walks with the client." It also plans to prohibit scouting recruits, as well as employing those aged 18 or younger at shops associated with high school girls.

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