Mon, Dec 09, 2002 - Page 11 News List

Women turn to selling sexual favors in Japan

PILLOW WORLD EXPANSIONOne life insurance firm predicts that the `assisted' bathhouses have decreased in number while the more overt sex clubs are booming

AP , TOKYO

But a year later, she was fired as part of the company's restructuring plan.

There was no shackling debt, but also no money to go home. Other Japanese employers wouldn't hire her for lack of proper papers, qualifications, and language skills.

"In Japan, with the economy so terrible, foreigners are the first to get fired. So they told me `We're sorry,'" Hitomi said. "I don't like sex work, but I have to eat."

So she took a tip from a friend and started selling herself outside an hourly rate hotel with peeling wallpaper and no towels.

"I can't think about marriage or kids because I'm not a good woman. The future is only dreams," Hitomi said. "What would you do if you were me?"

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