As Japanese Women Head to the U.S. One by One…The U.S. is Serious about Eliminating “Overseas Migrant Prostitution | FRIDAY DIGITAL

As Japanese Women Head to the U.S. One by One…The U.S. is Serious about Eliminating “Overseas Migrant Prostitution

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Overseas Dekasegi” is No Longer Unusual Among Young Women

The “overseas dekasegi” trend, which took off last year, is expected to accelerate this year. During the most recent year-end and New Year’s holidays, there was no end to the number of women who did not spend time at their parents’ homes, but instead returned home after making a quick buck at overseas entertainment establishments and cabaret clubs.

The tipping culture is a big factor.

Momoka (pseudonym, 23), who has been working abroad for three years, says, “It’s great that there is a tipping culture. She has been migrating mainly to the United States.

I go overseas for two weeks to two months to earn a lot of money, and then I work in Japan in a loose schedule. In Japan, even at high-class soap operas, I only get around 40,000 yen for 110 minutes of play time, but in the U.S. I get around 80,000 yen, so the unit price is overwhelmingly different. In addition to that, there is tipping over there. If you can get a high tip, you can earn more than 100,000 yen per play. In the case of a big day, I can earn 400,000 yen, which is almost impossible in the Japanese adult entertainment industry.

The number of women who travel to the U.S. to earn that much money is increasing, but the situation is gradually becoming more and more uncertain. In the U.S., where demand is high, the crackdown is said to be getting tougher. One female influencer who actively exchanges information with dekasegi girls reveals, “At airports in major cities, there are many young Japanese women and young Japanese girls who are looking for work.

At the airports of major cities, I heard that just by being a young Japanese woman, you are thoroughly checked. I have heard that the FBI is also taking action, and at the immigration counters, there are banners that read, ‘Don’t allow Japanese prostitutes! There are even rumors that the FBI is taking action and that a banner reading “Don’t tolerate Japanese prostitutes” has been seen at the immigration counter.

The influencer herself visited Hawaii for sightseeing during the year-end and New Year holidays and was denied entry.

She said, “They wouldn’t listen to me and assumed I was here for prostitution. They checked all of my cell phones, and they strictly questioned me about the pictures of my swimsuit and underwear I had stored in my picture folder. I felt firsthand that traveling alone as a woman is becoming much more difficult.”

It is not only women that the U.S. is keeping a close eye on. The U.S. is also taking steps to eradicate the agents who are plying their trade overseas.

There are girls who go overseas to look for work by themselves, but there are also many who go to work at the request of an agent. In fact, social networking sites are full of accounts claiming to be agents. If there is anything suspicious about their travel history, even men are suspected of being agents, and they are pursued strictly,” he says.

Some of the most desperate overseas migrants delete all suspicious photos from their phones, order brochures from American universities, and enter the country under the guise of “inspecting where to go to school next year or later.

However, there is also a movement to avoid the strict enforcement of the U.S. and to find a way to make a living in another country. The aforementioned Momoka tells us, “The U.S. has become more risky.

I am thinking of going to Singapore or Thailand next, because the U.S. has become too risky. I’m thinking of going to Singapore or Thailand next, because I frequently see deals from those countries on Twitter. But I hear rumors of arrests and trouble by plainclothes police in other countries as well, so I guess I’ll have to wait and see for a while.”

Posts on social networking sites frequently report the flashy results of overseas migrant workers. However, it is only natural that if you stand out, you will be regulated. It would be better to refrain from trying to go abroad on a casual basis.

Sasaki Chihuahua
Born in Tokyo in 2000. After attending an integrated school in Tokyo from elementary school to high school, he went on to Keio University, where he has been living in Kabukicho since he was 15 years old and has a wide range of personal connections. At university, he is studying the sociology of the downtown area, including Kabukicho. His book, “Pien” to shakai” (“The Disease of ‘Pien’: Consumption and Approval of the SNS Generation”), is now on sale.

From the February 3, 2023 issue of FRIDAY

  • Reporting and writing Sasaki Chihuahua Photographs by Takero Yui

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