(Yomiuri: February 12, 2016, Evening edition – p. 16)
The Metropolitan Police Department will soon set up an expert panel on the so-called “JK business” that targets high school girls for sex trafficking to crack down on shops that provide illegal services disguised as “cafes” and protect girls from becoming victims.
As of January 2016, there were about 170 “JK business” shops in Tokyo, mainly around the Akihabara district. That represents an increase of about 40 shops from June last year.
The panel will be made up of experts on youth issues. They will discuss the issue with an eye to introducing an ordinance that will require business operators to register and create employee lists. The panel will work out a proposal as early as this spring. (Abridged)