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Three held over ‘JK’ schoolgirl exploitation in Tokyo

Kyodo

Tokyo police have arrested three people, including a 41-year-old shop owner, for providing sexually suggestive services involving high school girls in apparent violation of labor laws, investigation sources said.

The shop offered so-called “JK” services in which underage girls would fold origami while posing with their legs open and showing their underwear. Male customers would view them through a one-way mirror.

The police raided the shop in March after judging that it ran a “harmful business,” offering sexually stimulating services to customers in violation of labor laws.

According to the investigators, owner Takamitsu Fujii hired high school girls in February knowing they were under 18. They allegedly had to wear school uniforms and fold paper cranes with their legs open while customers ogled them from behind the glass at the shop in Toshima Ward.

At one time, the enterprise employed more than 30 high school girls. It raked in about ¥2 million a month over the roughly two years it was in operation.

“I didn’t think it would violate the law if it was not heavy work, like folding paper cranes,” Fujii was quoted as saying by investigators.

The police say the facility acquired customers through word of mouth and over the Internet, and offered them a 40-minute viewing for ¥5,000.

The police and the government are tightening regulations pertaining to “JK business” services involving female high school students. JK is a reference to joshi kosei (female high school students) and is used to describe a wide range of titillating commercial activities with vulnerable underage girls.

In a report on human trafficking last year, the U.S. State Department said some parts of the sector “facilitate the prostitution of Japanese children.”

So far, the police have arrested owners of such JK business as JK rifure (reflexology), where the girls give massages and lie next to their clients, and JK shooting, where the girls are paid to pose for photographs.