|The story below is originally published on Mainichi Daily News by Mainichi Shinbun (http://mdn.mainichi.jp).|
|They admitted inventing its kinky features, or rather deliberately mistranslating them from the original gossip magazine.|
|In fact, this is far from the general Japanese' behavior or sense of worth.|
Gals in the red take different type of working holidays
Hanashi no play 10/16 By Geoff Botting
"Yoko" twists her handkerchief and speaks slowly and deliberately when she recalls the two years she spent in Paris.
She worked as an indentured call girl in the City of Lights, where minders kept her under tight control in a Chinatown apartment.
"A lot of the customers were white people," she says.
"It was standard to go all the way with them, but for some reason fellatio was popular and if I did it well, the customer would be satisfied with only that."
Yoko's case is not isolated, according to Hanashi no Play.
Many Japanese women are forced to work as prostitutes overseas, often in Europe.
Almost always, they are working to pay off debts resulting from overspending on credit cards in Japan.
Yoko,26,described as a well-built woman with an intelligent face, first went heavily into debt due to an obsession with expensive brandname fashion accessories.
Then a spell in an overseas hospital to treat dysentery left her utterly helpless, financially speaking.
Her credit card debt was handed over to an unscrupulous collection agency that tried its hardest to make her life miserable.
And her friends and work colleagues began to spread nasty rumors about her.
In the end, she couldn't take it any longer.
So when a "broker" offered her the chance to work off her debt in Paris - where no one knew her, it seemed like a good idea.
After arriving in Paris, the Japanese broker immediately handed her over to his local counterpart.
She was put in an apartment with three other prostitutes, all Japanese in their 20s.
It was not a happy existence.
Yoko remembers the time one of the roommates returned to the apartment early one morning smelling of urine and with wounds all over her body.
It turned out she had been forced to succumb to the sadomasochistic desires of a "perverted German."
The woman became totally withdrawn, not speaking to anyone.
A week later she killed herself.
"Hitomi" recalls similar experiences in London.
Starting in the summer of 1996, she was based in the city's Soho district where she earned about 100 pounds per customer, servicing two to four of them a day.
Her three roommates were all Asian.
She remembers the time one, a Filipino, was strangled by a john.
It turned out that Hitomi was originally supposed to service that customer that day but the Filipina was sent in her place because Hitomi had been bedridden by a fever.
A Japanese "broker" who arranges for the woman to be sent overseas tells the magazine that he is normally paid around 1 million yen per introduction.
"Since I started doing this job about 10 years ago, I've handled about 50 people," says the man, a former car dealer from Tokyo.
Still, the sympathetic coverage of the woman's plight seems an incongruous moral stance for Hanashi no Play.
The other pages of this pulpy mens's magazine are otherwise filled with reports extolling the delights of "soaplands" and other red-light establishments in Japan.
Maybe its writers and editors believe prostitution is only "shocking" and "unfortunate" when it involves women selling themselves to men who are no Japanese.