Schoolgirls for Sale in Japan

Narrator: Japan has an incredible tolerance for the sexual exploitation of young girls. Host: If somebody asked you what your job description was, what would you tell them? SCHOOLGIRLS FOR SALE ~Light Music~ Host: This is the Akihabara neighborhood in central Tokyo, and it’s ground zero for “JK”. Which is what the Japanese call “schoolgirl culture”. Schoolgirls are actually a really big business in Japan. They sell everything, including cartoons, comic books, they pack music venues, they advertise cafés and restaurants, but you may not have known that you can actually also buy the schoolgirls themselves. Narrator: JK stands for Joshi Kosei, or “high school girl”, and along this strip they’re everywhere. Not shopping or hanging out like schoolgirls in Toyko typically do, but selling various services. Everything from fortune telling, to massages, to a walk with a client around the neighborhood. All this is being sold in the open, and under the constant watch of a group of men who appear to be the girls bosses. Before long, one of them comes over and demands we stop filming. Host: But this is a public street, right? P: Yea, yea-yea. Host: So, why can’t we film on a public street? Host: I don’t understand. Translator: So, he’s saying that we can shoot that way. Host: That way. We can shoot that way. Translator: That way. Host: But he’s making out like he owns the street. Translator: He’s saying like, just don’t shoot the girls. Narrator: There’s clearly more going on beneath the surface, and we were determined to find out what we could. So we dropped into one of the busiest JK businesses we could find around here. One of several music venues where pop groups made up of school age girls play to packed houses most nights. Host: Alright well, we’re going to find out about JK culture in Japan. This is one of the JK bands. [To girls] Hi, my name’s Simon. Girls: Arigato gozaimasu. Arigato gozaimasu, arigato gozaimasu. (Polite greetings) Girl: Hello. Hello. Host: Nice to meet you. Girls: Nice to meet you! ~Musical intro.~ Yatta! (Exclamation of triumph. like “Alright!” or “Booyah!”) Chanting with music. The girls: Hai! Hai! Hai! The Crowd: Oo! Oo! Oo! ~Girls singing in Japanese with music.~ Crowd singing along/yelling approvingly. Narrator: The room was full of men, and many looked to be years older than the performers… …and they know the set-list by heart. ~Singing/music continues.~ ~Clapping with music.~ Crowd: Clapping in time and yelling. ~Singing/music continues, then begins to fade out.~ *Laughter, and background chatter.* Narrator: JK fans usually have a favorite girl, and they’re fiercely devoted to her. Some even pay money for a chance at a little face time after the show. *Crowd and band chattering.* Host: I guess this is an opportunity for all of the fan boys to get to know the band a little bit better. They can buy Polaroid pictures of them, they can meet them and speak with them, It’s pretty innocent when it’s just teenagers meeting teenagers, but …but that guy’s a little bit older. [Referencing the man they then pan in on.] *Crowd and band chattering.* ~Background music.~ Jake Adelstein: You have this woman [correction: they’re girls] who is your fantasy, and you have an opportunity to meet her, but it doesn’t seem real unless you actually touch the flesh. So that’s part of the deal. I mean, you actually get close enough to her, get a scent of her, look into her eyes, and it perpetuates the fantasy. Narrator: Jake Adelstein has spent more than 20 years reporting on Japan’s underworld, for Japanese and American press outlets, including VICE News. Jake: This is called “Dogenzaka”, the name ‘zaka’ means hill. This is called “Love Hotel Hill”. Narrator: He’s also on the board of the ‘Polaris Project’, a non-profit that helps victims of human trafficking. Jake: So, when the JK are taking their ‘ossan’ [men in their 40s-50s] for a little bit more than a stroll, this is probably where they’re going to wind up. Narrator: He’s tracked the evolution of JK culture, from its relatively benign beginnings, to a dark and lucrative business. Host: So, how old is um, JK, specifically the schoolgirl culture? Jake: This issue of like, young girls being paid by men to spend time with them, um first really came up in the 90’s, and the term was “enjo kosai”, which means ‘compensated dating’. So, there would be older men that would spend money for girls to walk with them, or talk with them, because I guess they’re lonely. Not every single guy who is paying money to spend time with a young girl wants to sleep with her, or is a pervert. I would say maybe 70-80% [do], but I don’t know. Host: So, do you think that a lot of these girls are being exploited? Jake: This is the tough part, there’s a real grey zone there. Obviously some of the girls are being exploited. the problem with the whole “ossan-to-no-sampo” [literally “walking with ossan”], referring to the practice of girls going for paid walks with men] sample, walking with these old guys, is the opportunities for that to turn into something really nasty are manifold. Host: How much of it is organized by criminal groups? Is it something that’s kind of naturally done by the girls themselves? They go out and find these dates? Or, is there a network profiting from the schoolgirl business? Jake: There’s no single network, but you have isolated cases of say, you know, a group of individuals starting with one girl, collecting sort of a harem of girls, and working them on the streets. I mean, there’s many, many, variations. It’s a business opportunity, and it can be a form of human trafficking as the State Department indicated in their last white paper on it. Narrator: The report, an annual review of human trafficking in Japan, singled out the JK walking dates, saying they are often fronts for underage prostitution. Host: So do you think that uh, there’s something that the government needs to do to rein the schoolgirl culture in? Is it getting out of hand? Jake: You could sort of encourage education that would let women think of themselves as something other than sexual merchandise to be purchased by men. Part of it the reason that you have this sort of Lolita culture in Japan is because the life and the opportunities for women are so bad. It’s a hard thing to stop. This society is one of the most misogynist, sexist societies in a developed country in the world. I would not want to be a woman here. Narrator: Tokyo police only recently began raiding JK businesses, that were fronts for prostitution. But many say the raids are largely for show, and walking around the Akihabara neighborhood it seems like the news stories should be about how many JK businesses are still open for business. We stopped by one, a tiny storefront on a busy street, with suggestive pictures posted in the window. Nothing remarkable in a neighborhood full of places like this. But we wanted to see what an average JK business looked like on the inside. Host: Shoes off, slippers on. And look, they’ve got “Hello Kitty”s on them. Thank you. Hi. Thank you. Apparently I can uh, chat for half an hour for 3000 yen, which is like $30. And uh, we can also do fortune telling. Host: Thank you. Girl: (in Japanese roughly) Here, have it. Host: That’s very kind. Ok, so, what’s next on the menu? Ok, that’s true. Host: This is um, a really uncomfortable experience. What other sort of things besides the uh, fortune telling is on the menu? Host: What sort of questions do um, your other clients usually ask you? Narrator: While we were talking there was another rented date going on across the room. Narrator: With a hidden camera we were able to listen in. But the conversation was pretty mundane. But it’s hard to overlook the very creepy fact that an adult man has paid for the company of an attractive schoolgirl. And JKs often think they’re agreeing to an innocent chat, when their employers and clients expect something entirely different. Host: And that’s your actual uniform which you wore to school as well? Narrator: That’s what happened to this young woman, who agreed to speak with us on the condition that we concealed her identity. Host: How old were you started getting involved with the JK walking? Host: What was your uh, home situation like? Why do you think you decided to get involved, when you were just 16 years old? So you understood that uh, you were supposed to walk with uh, these men but you though that that was all you had to do? When you were under the age of 18 did you ever take uh, money for having sex with these guys? Narrator: This is one of the few advocates for JK girls, her name is Yumeno Nito, and she says she’s rescued more than 100 girls from trafficking, with dozens more calling her for help each week. This girl is the latest. She’s hungry, and lonely, and ashamed about where life has taken her. Yumeno and two colleagues serve the girl her first home cooked meal in ages. Narrator: Japan has been described as a shame based culture, where the fear of letting down family or society dominates almost everything else. In the case of many JKs who’ve been coerced into sex like this girl, they’d rather go into hiding and face hunger, than seek help from family or friends. Host: Yumeno knows what it’s like to be all alone, as a teenage runaway several men tried to recruit her into the schoolgirl sex industry. Narrator: It would be easy and unfair to single Japan out as the only culture to sexualize young girls. Tens of millions of dollars have been made on American pop culture, exploiting the leering gaze of adults But there’s something unique, and especially unsettling about the fact that, right out in the open, schoolgirls are available for rent by the hour, in one of Tokyo’s busiest neighborhoods. Jake: I don’t think Japan has a very good set up for dealing with runaways, or children that are abused at home. And since there’s no really good support system one way they’re going to earn a living is doing this kind of JK business stuff. Host: What would you say to somebody who said that we’re just coming to Japan with our puritanical ideals and that we’re telling the Japanese uh, how to behave, imposing our culture on theirs? Jake: I would say that Japan has signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it’s a member of the UN, it has agreed to uphold the Palermo Protocols against human trafficking, and, all we’re asking Japan to do is live up to the international agreements that they’ve agreed to, and, publicly at least, politicians profess that they want equality for men and women. So I don’t think we’re imposing our puritanical views on Japan, we’re just saying, “Do you really mean what you say?”


  • Internment camps. Orwellian surveillance. Silence. This year, Isobel Yeung went undercover in a special report that reveals how China is oppressing the Muslim minority Uighur people in horrific conditions. Watch it here –

  • JK (just… oh nvm)…. i knew it meant something else JK…??‍♀️ agh… “can’t show underage people.” Hmm will one get in trouble if one finds out….?, Sometimes you can’t explain but somethings need to go… idc where it’s from… yay Yumino!!.. we need more of her in America!

  • They look like grown men who watch anime in their basements.

  • What the hell is going on??? Damn this world is weird

  • I’ll be in Tokyo if anyone is looking for me

  • I really love Japan,, but after seeing this made me sad… But Love you 3000 japan love❤?

  • I Have no Friend, hehehe..

    How come you have – not even single person you could call friend? In such a big society?

  • horrid

  • I mean it's just a thought, but what if someone makes and Anime about a girl who is fighting back and helping many others overcome this JK criminal organization. That may just change some some Men's minds, use what fueled them to destroy them.

  • Support a BDS movement against Japan and boycott all Japanese goods and boycott the radioactive Olympics in Fukushima and avoid the contaminated  radiation nuclear waste leaking into the soil, water and air in Fukushima increasing the risk of cancer later in life.

  • I knew Japan is full of underage japanese prostitutes, land of the pedophiles and desendents of war lord criminals

  • Business is going to be booming during the radioactive Olympics.

  • Disgusting

  • I want to move to Japan to save these poor girls from poverty.

  • this is disgusting

  • I was an anime/manga fan but nowadays I hate anime manga culture because of those sicknesses

  • That’s like saying your selling a cafe maid girl.

  • Kinda like…..child abuse. Welcome to humanity. We're sick here ? none of these girls are gonna give up a chance to NOT starve. for an interview ?

  • Perverts hurting girls and government letting them.

  • Ah…. yep. Not surprised. ?‍♀️

  • bruh moment

  • Meanwhile pedophilia has occurred in plain sight within US catholic church for decades and nothing was done about, and even when exposed, was vehemently denied. Let's not forget the extensive pedophilia network enjoyed by the US politicians and wealthy/prominent white men who are the supposed 'pillars of society.'

  • japanese PIMP

  • Unknown man:you can't show this people
    Simon:you littrely using i a f*cking joke.

  • What is Japan thinking? Does Japan wants to the next Thailand. Gees, where are the good guys, who can help woman to protect woman?

  • Now I know why westerners love Japan. It's not the " refined culture"

  • Now that's fucked up.

  • Yumino is awesome. We need more people like her.

  • Wtf dude

  • Asians are crazy

  • Ew dafuq

  • man only jewish journalist,couldnt they get a japanese or a black one

  • I would take these school girls to my home and never abused I promiee

  • Remember when vice did the monster truck and dog show on acid? Well, this would be a gem of an episode "on acid"

  • Lived in Japan for ten years and can personally say that I have seen a large amount of young Korean girls being actually trafficked for sex in that country. I have seen Police going into these hotels in Kabukitcho red light district and wait at the counter to meet up with a Korean girl, then off to the room. The Police and Yakuza are the same thing at the higher levels of society. Come on, when you walk down the street, seeing all that stuff. You think the Police are not directly involved in all that? Really?

  • PEDOPHILES "GROOMING" children….hey over in AMERICA we ELECT im to office…even tho we know they areDAUGHTER F$CKIN CHILD MOLESTERS……………………………………………………….

  • This is kpop but reversed

  • So bizarre

  • They were taste good , trust me ?

  • ?? ?

  • Commandment #6“You shall not commit adultery. Commandment # 9You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”
    Japanese need to read this.

  • Again reassured America is the best damn country on the face if this blue planet

  • So I cs. Buy a girl?

  • You can’t buy love, but you can rent it for three minutes

  • Damn it Japan. Why?!

  • It seem to be that fans boy are stupid and bit of interesting ! This’s Japanese culture maybe!

  • Chris Hansen will have a field day in Japan by busting Japanese men! Two nukes weren't enough. Japan is a freak nation that must fix itself.

  • I’m half Japanese… I live in New York. When I visit japan. I go lurk in the mountains. Mountains get boring after 3 months. I come down from mountains. I see this. I go back to mountains.

  • Is this culture a strange one?

  • I think a woman would have been a better choice here than a male reporter. I'm uncomfortable watching him with these girls.

  • This is like American drug problem. They blame drug cartels for drug problems. Ms. Yumeno you are an angel. Bless you

  • 3:14 I remember watching this from jakenbakes stream

  • Am moving there

  • I hella Stab A Pedophile F*ck that Man Ugly Bastards people thinking schoolgirls Has no emotions and Stuff like they can used them for their Desire and Sh*t. Damn that

  • I’m 15 and I envy there youth already

  • This is my problem with people obsessed with anime, this is the same shit.
    They grow up to be pedophiles.

  • I love japan but when youtube recomended this to me
    It change everything now i start hating japan because of this video

  • So it’s note sale…

  • this world is truly terrible i hope when im older i can make it better in a way

  • " Even I wouldn't like to be born a girl in Japan".
    Japan is soon going to collapse and will be the first example of cultural deficiencies causing society to collapse.

  • R dos people ok with u showing their faces in ur video, cus I won't lyk it u knw were dey ok….js asking…gret job bdw

  • Just boiled my blood when I heard average age is 17 when they started walking for money

  • This is werid asf

  • But they cute

  • How to buy a human japanese girl? Because my restroom is so shit.

  • Shame on Japan for this.

  • This is a bit saddening

  • Hmmmm… This one was thought provoking. When is the "moral" line crossed I wonder?
    Men paying underage girls to chat or read their fortune… (seems borderline but ok) or paying money to shake their hands (this seems to be where they train the girls to see that it's OK for men to pay money to touch you – (yeah seems mundane enough but…)
    Of course we probably all agree that anything more than a handshake is crossing the line..
    Now reply :where is the line crossed to you?
    please understand people are going to have opinions different than yours and that is OK

  • You like Japanese culture? Welcome to the other side of the culture.

  • Probably dumb but if you come across a Japanese YouTuber or twitch streamer, support them. You might be saving their future.

  • Hmm

  • This just shows how Korea is MUCH more mistreated than English countries and people.

  • I need 1 .. please

  • maybe i should visit japan next time to make sure abt it

  • I wonder who's supporting Yumene Nito helping these girls?? Is it the gov. or an organization? I mean, financially?

  • All these shops need burnt to the ground

  • Mucha hipocresía en lo comentarios

  • I don't like gow the guy is smiling at 4:27

  • dont talk about this vice focus on human trafficking in USA first.

  • The views on this video make me sick. 10 million? you guys are pathetic.

  • Fucking disgusting

  • Tmn ny simon : "Saya tidak ingin menjdi wanita d negara ini"

  • This is indeed a very complex and very very difficult thing to figure out. The roots of the problem lies in the psychology of the society itself and how the goverment that has certain ideals is inputing those ideals on he people that form that society which is, in order, the elders that are teaching the younger generation that has kids that women are to blame. So Goverment > Parents of Parents > Parents > Kids. So by putting the problem this way you can begin to imagine why Japan is so misoginistic and girls are so shut-in (and not only girls) and scared of how the society or their own families will see them that they would rather commit suicide. This is by far Japan's biggest problem. Not only it's humman trafficking, but it also involves pedophilia and the worst thing is that their society that places itself on a unreachable pedestal tries to normalize is and peopel are ok with it, rather blaming the girls for getting into that situation the fucking help them get out or blaming the fuckers that are profitting off of them.
    Fuck's sake man… this is some dark shit and it's making me very sad. If I ever visit Japan I think I will always have this bitter taste of sadness knowing what is happening underneath the sparkling kawaii cover that's in front of the people's eyes.


  • Fucking disturbing

  • 4:08 if that’s not a Japanese paedophile I don’t know what is…

  • Honestly, do Japanese men really has no substance for actual datings that they even have to pay these girls lol shame on these bastards

  • I definitely went to one of these shows in Japan and didn't even realize it was this :O

  • buena conclusión. Japón debe respetar los acuerdos firmados

  • I feel really inclined to go to Japan and help these girls, but I have one dilemma: I am a man

  • 2 wasn’t enough

  • Disgusting!! Shame!shame!

  • For all those thinking of the polite, cutesy, honorable Japanese. This is 'child's play' compared to their past in wars.

  • Done fake what old man boss saying. I m pretty sure that he dont say underage.dont twist

  • Weebs infest this comment section

  • Kawaii <3

  • Even the thugs in Japan are polite.

  • Main stream media, Arab world is prison for women,
    VICE: hold my documentaries

  • It is called modern slavery system accepted by modern and open minded people.

  • This is hentai land ?

  • Got me some free hentai and it’s a joke okay yall

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