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Sex workers face increasing abuse in slumping Japanese economy

Nikkan Gendai July 10
Nikkan Gendai July 10
As the prolonged economic recession drives more women into the sex trade, businesses that sell their services are becoming increasingly picky about whom they hire. As a result, reports Nikkan Gendai (July 10), the overall “quality” in terms of age, appearance and other desirable traits has been getting better all the time.

That of course is good news for the patrons of such businesses.

“In the most extreme cases, unless the woman is a beauty, the shops won’t even let her in for an interview,” says an unnamed writer covering “pink” businesses. “In a city on the periphery of the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, jobs at deri heru (out-call sex) services have become increasingly hard to find. One shop openly boasts it only hires one candidate out of every 30 applicants. All the gals who work there are real lookers.”

In this kind of buyer’s market, less attractive females are forced to scramble for whatever work they can find, and some jobs put them in contact with stingy and abusive customers who are out to squeeze every drop of sadistic pleasure from the smallest outlay possible.

Kyoko, a 32-year-old woman working for a deri heru joint tells the reporter that of late, she’s been subjected to increasing cases of abusive treatment. One customer, she said, demanded they play “Abe Sada” (a reference to the perpetrator of a notorious genital mutilation incident in 1936) in which he would put pressure on her throat during intercourse, and also urinate on her face as a part of “foreplay.”

“There have been customers who hurt me by yanking out my pubic hairs, or who forced their fingers into my anus,” she says. “But I don’t dare complain to the boss. The other girls in the shop are prettier than me, and he’ll just tell me that if I complain about treatment by the customers I don’t have to work there any more. I’m supporting two children, so I’ve got no choice but to put up with the mistreatment.”

A 39-year-old woman named Haruna, who works at a deri-heru specializing in married women, has a regular customer, a man in his 50s, who recently requested that she bring along her teenage daughter for a mother-and-daughter duet.

“He had become one of my regulars, and one day I made the mistake of showing her photo to him,” she relates. “My daughter has a cute face resembling Yuki Kashiwagi of AKB48, and the photo really got him aroused. ‘I wanna do a threesome with you and your daughter,’ he demanded to me.

“Thinking he might be satisfied with another photo of my daughter, I snapped one while she was sleeping in which her panties were visible. That had the opposite of the intended result; things escalated to the point that he became so obsessed with the notion of a menage a trois that he even threatened to find my house and barge in.”

So persistent and vociferous were the customer’s demands that Haruna finally appealed for help to her boss, who arranged for her to consult with the local police.

Alas, rues Nikkan Gendai, all too many patrons of the sex trade are unwilling to treat the women employed therein as human beings. (K.S.)

Source: “‘Omae no musume to yarasero,’ to yokkyu suru jorenkyaku,” Nikkan Gendai (July 10, page 18)