As prostitution and human trafficking become more advanced and high-tech, it becomes cheaper and cheaper to set up a “business” that never goes off season. The recent arrest of three men in Tokyo for running an illegal live chat room that promoted child prostitution and illegal imagery gave insights on how they prey on young girls and how little they had to spend to set it up.
Last December, a young, nude girl appeared on some screens and said she was being held against her will in a condominium building in Adachi Ward, Tokyo and asked for help. The police then received an anonymous email about her plight and were able to rescue her on December 18. She was a 17 year old runaway who was lured by three men into doing daily live chats from 10:00 PM to 3:00 AM. She was confined in a seven square meter room and was oftentimes asked to perform indecent acts by those she was chatting with. She earned only around 40 dollars a week even if the chat room earns around 10,000 dollars every month. She said she stayed because she had nowhere to go and she felt like she had no choice.
The three were arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department and each of them were sentenced to paying a fine of just 5,000 dollars each. Their initial investment in setting up their business was just 1,000 dollars, with the computer and webcam just costing them one hundred dollars. They also shared that it’s easy to find young, runaway girls to work for them and all they had to do was provide room and boarding.
The truth is that live chat rooms are a very lucrative business that ordinary women have come to treat as a casual, part-time job. One large company that does this says they have around 240,000 women working for them, 200 of whom do the peak late-night hours. And they have “three to four times the amount of viewers for pay programs”, so the company earns around 200 to 300 million dollars. Another company says they avoid hiring girls younger than 18, but they cannot control it if the girl lies about her age.
[ via Yomiuri ]
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