Kids as young as six are being paid to dress in erotic clothing and get filmed by sick paedophiles in a country where child porn is “openly and widely distributed”, it has emerged.
Indecent sexual images of children are widespread and used for commercial gain in Japan, a damning investigation has found.
“Legal grey areas” are exploited by twisted self-confessed paedos who pay children to record them in erotic attire.
Teenage girls are paid to provide company to older men, who believe it is perfectly normal to talk about sex and hold hands with girls dressed in school uniform.
Comic books also feature child rape in one the richest countries in the world.
The disturbing revelations have emerged in a shocking documentary, fronted by popular TV presenter and journalist Stacey Dooley.
The 30-year-old travelled to Japan with a TV crew for the hard-hitting BBC investigation, in which she meets self-confessed pedophiles and volunteers trying to help protect children.
“It was only three years ago that possessing genuine child pornography [in Japan] was finally made illegal.
“From bars where men pay to meet schoolgirls to suggestive pictures of very young children and comic books featuring child rape, the country has faced global criticism for its attitudes,” said a BBC spokesperson.
Police in Japan say they are doing their utmost to protect vulnerable girls and help stop the culture of “encouraging the sexualisation of children”.