We're all hating humanity now, right? No? Some spark of hope for the species yet lingers?
Crimebusters in Japan's major cities are currently being plagued by a new type of criminal, according to Asahi Geino -- the rachiya. Literally translated into English as kidnappers, the rachiya are believed to be male members of secret associations that engage in simulated rapes. But there's nothing simulated about what they're apparently prepared to do for a price, picking up women off the streets and violating them for a yen.
"Recently, there've been rumors about rachiya in big cities like Tokyo and Osaka, but nobody really knows where they are," a reporter tells Asahi Geino. But an adult industry source tells the weekly that the rachiya are actually members of exclusive clubs formed to carry out simulated rapes on consenting women.
"One big difference is that for a price they will carry out a real rape for their members. There's no acting like there is in some clubs. It's the real thing. They'll kidnap an ordinary woman and let club members rape her. Put simply, they're groups of criminals.
"If a member tells his club the type of women he'd like to rape, the club will arrange it for him. Market rates are about 100,000 yen a rape. If the member designates a specific individual, the fee can go over 1 million yen in some cases. Designating an individual usually involves putting the guy together with somebody who knows him, making it more likely they can be reported to the cops, so the greater cost arises from the greater risk factor," the source tells Asahi Geino.
[. . .] "They say the easiest pick-ups are women who've been out drinking and missed their last train. The guys head to a train station where some services end and look out for the women. If they find any, they'll offer them a lift home. The woman almost invariably accepts." From there, the rachiya need only to hand the woman over to the client. And the evil rachiya play on the woman's shame to make sure she doesn't reveal what happened to her.
"What they do is once they have got her in their clutches, they take photos of her ID and the place where she was violated," the adult industry source tells Asahi Geino. "That way, the threat of being publicly exposed always exists if she ever opens her mouth about what happened."
This isn't an occasion for attacking the barbaric ways of foriegners, by the bye. Glass houses and all that.
Don't click that last link.
One out of twelve male students surveyed had committed acts that met the legal definition of rape or attempted rape.
In 1996, only 31% of rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement officials--less than one in every three.
2% of rapes are falsely reported; 8% of reported rapes are considered "unfounded." This is similar to rates for other felony crimes.
More than 4 out of 5 women that are raped know their assailant.
In 95% of rapes the perpetrator and victim share the same socio-economic status and race.
I'd hate to kill that last little spark, after all.