The May 5 stabbing death of a high-class Yoshiwara soap girl by a male customer has shaken Kabukicho to its core. It is believed that the murderer was aggrieved by the store’s refusal to honor his reservation, but the case of a “love affair” turning into a crime is a common occurrence in Kabukicho.
It’s really no one else’s business,” she said. I realized once again how risky it is to get naked one-on-one with a man you don’t know in a closed room.
Rina (pseudonym, 24), who has worked at several sex establishments and now works at a soap shop in Kabukicho, says, “In the sex industry, you are not allowed to be stalked by a stalker.
In the sex industry, it is not unusual for customers to become stalkers. When I used to work at a different kind of soap, I had a customer who was ‘crazy in love’ with me. Even though I asked the store to prevent them from naming me, they kept coming to me under a false name. ……”
Sensing that she was in danger, Lina contacted the customer on LINE and told him that she was quitting the sex industry, and moved to a new store. However, after that, she was faced with more horror.
She said, “The customer suddenly came to the new store. He asked me, ‘I looked for a girl who looked like you every day on a sex information website,’ ‘Why did you lie to me about quitting the sex industry,’ and ‘I thought we were dating. I made an excuse that I was going to quit but I really needed the money, and after apologizing many times, I managed to settle the situation. If I had handled the situation even slightly wrong at that time, I would have been killed, no joke. After that, I moved to a high-class establishment with good security, and finally I was less likely to be harassed by customers.
Trouble and risk are not limited to sex workers. In host and cabaret clubs, the lack of sexual services sometimes poses more danger than in the sex industry. Haruki (pseudonym, 27), who works at a host club in Kabukicho, says, “Hosts sell themselves short.
A host’s job is to sell himself to get the girls to like him. It’s not uncommon for a customer to become a stalker and find out where he lives. There are also a lot of people who tell saga stories of how they were almost stabbed. I, too, use my troubles with clients as sales talk (laughs).”
Haruki says that three years ago, while working at a local host club, he got into a sword fight with a female customer.
She was what you might call a Mengele,” he said, “and she was very possessive. She was the kind of girl who would immediately say ‘I’m going to die’ and commit self-injury. …… To be honest, I was getting annoyed with her, and I was thinking of cutting her off when I had a bigger client who could spend more money than she could.
Just then, the incident occurred.
When I was at home on a day off, the girl called me and said, ‘You’re with a girl, aren’t you! I ignored it, but when he didn’t tell me his address, I went to his house. I ignored it, but the intercom rang, even though I hadn’t given her my address. She didn’t look obviously decent, even through the screen, so I left her alone, and she went around to the back of the apartment and climbed up to the second-floor window where my room was. Moreover, he broke the window with a rock and came in ……. They attacked me with cutters and seriously almost stabbed me. I managed to call the police and get a restraining order.”
It is interesting to note that both Haruki and the aforementioned Rina are still working as hosts and in the sex industry after such horrific experiences.
In Kabukicho, where emotions are bought and sold for money and lust, troubles between males and females occur every night.
From the June 2, 2023 issue of FRIDAY
Reporting and writing： 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. 15 years old, he has been going to Kabukicho 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 SNS Seikatsu to Seiketsu no Shohi" (The Disease of "Pien": Consumption and Approval of the SNS Generation) is now on sale.