HYOGO (TR) – Hyogo Prefectural Police arrested a man in Kobe for allegedly paying a girl in third-grade middle school 2,000 yen to drool into his mouth, an act specifically banned by prefectural law, news site J-Cast reported on Tuesday (October 4).
The suspect, a 33-year-old bus driver, was arrested on Monday by officers from the Shikama Police Station on suspicion of inviting the young girl he met through a smartphone app to come to his bus company’s break area and drool into his mouth before paying her 2,000 yen on February 23, the Hyogo Prefectural Police told J-Cast.
The suspect has admitted to the charges, telling police he was “interested in saliva.”
The girl confessed to a police officer after they questioned her alarming online exchanges while they were monitoring the web for child prostitution.
The case is drawing particular attention among netizens over a clause in prefectural child protection laws that states “saliva must not be purchased from a juvenile,” which according to a prefectural official was added in April 2006.
“Restrictions on sales of things like that were being strengthened in metropolitan areas like Tokyo and Osaka, which led sellers to search for a market in Hyogo Prefecture,” the prefectural official said. “So the laws were amended to deal with that.”
Netizens mused that the clause suggests the latest case was not the first to involve transactions of saliva and other bodily fluids.
Section 2 of paragraph 21 states, “the sale of such matter as underwear used by juveniles (and/or anything that corresponds to such articles as the saliva, excreted matter, urine or bodily hair of juveniles) is forbidden.”
Tokyo started enforcing laws with similar wordings on March 31, 2004, prompted by the rise of establishments that allowed customers to buy underwear after watching girls take them off.