Japan’s obsession with “JK” culture has taken a dark turn, with schoolgirls now offering themselves for “dates” with adult men. The US State Department flagged “Jyoshi Kousei” (literally “female high [school] student”) or “JK” as fronts for commercial sex run by sophisticated criminal networks. This video reveals what happens behind closed doors, where schoolgirls involved in the rent-a-date industry reveal how they’ve been coerced into human trafficking.

“This problem won’t be solved unless the adults who buy and sell disappear.”

Here’s what the State Department said, ” In a recent trend called joshi-kosei osanpo, also known as “high school walking,” girls are offered money to accompany men on walks, in cafes, or to hotels, and engage in commercial sex. Sophisticated and organized prostitution networks target vulnerable Japanese women and girls in public areas such as subways, popular youth hangouts, schools, and online; some of these women and girls become trafficking victims. Japanese men continue to be a significant source of demand for child sex tourism in Southeast Asia and, to a lesser extent, Mongolia.”

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Raymond Bechard
Raymond Bechard

Raymond Bechard is an Author, Producer and Human Rights Advocate. For over 25 years he has worked to provide justice, tolerance and equality to people around the world.

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