Japanese compensated dating
A common misconception is that enjo-kōsai always involves some form of sexual activity.
The term enjo-kōsai first appeared in the Asahi Shimbun on September 20, 1994.
The age of consent for women is 13 years in Japan, although there can be exceptions.
It is the girls' youthfulness, poverty and naivety that make them vulnerable to abuse, Nito said.
The mere use of the word "compensated" implies the girls seek fun and money, rather than being victims of sexual trafficking, said Nito, who heads a non-profit organization, Colabo, that provides support to such young women.
"There is a notion the girls are guilty because they willingly sold their bodies," she said, adding that the phrase "compensated dating" was unique to Japan.
The job soon escalated into touching and kissing, wrote the woman, who later went to work at a brothel for higher pay. State Department cited "enjo kosai" as a worrying trend in its 2016 report on human trafficking, based on research in which it collaborated with Colabo.Enjo kōsai, one keyword of the nineties, is oftenassociated with loose socks, short skirts, dyed hair, pocketbells and prostitution quote;in shortquote; with a scandalous social problem that desperately needs diagnosesand solutions.