Archive for September 26th, 2011
As some of my blog readers know, I am cycling from Kumamoto to Tokyo to raise awareness about children’s rights. As a result I have been unable to keep my blog up to date. I am now in Okayama. I guess it is about the halfway point. I will hopefully end my awareness tour in Tokyo on the 17th of October. If you would like to follow my awareness tour please check out the Children First Japan Facebook page and the Joint Custody Facebook page.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
A child consultation center in Sapporo failed to protect a 16-year-old girl who was being forced into prostitution by her mother, it has emerged. A police investigation has revealed that the girl was taken into care by the center, before being sent back home.
According to a report by NTV, the girl’s mother had been selling her as a prostitute since she was in sixth grade. The girl told police she gave all her earnings—usually 10,000 yen per “client”—to her mother, NTV reported. She was taken into protective care once, when her mother was arrested for using illegal stimulants. The girl stayed at the facility until November of last year, but the center failed to identify the problem and let her go back home.
The girl lived with her mother and stepfather who has also been arrested on drug charges, NTV quoted police as saying. She was arrested in Sapporo on Aug 17 for use of illegal stimulants. Police said the girl has expressed no ill will toward her mother and is currently in a juvenile detention center.
Police said Friday they have arrested a woman for allegedly binding her son’s arms and legs with tape and beating him with a wooden sword as punishment. TV Asahi reported that the alleged attack took place on Wednesday at around 9:40 p.m. in the driveway outside the home the woman shared with her son.
Police say the accused, who has been identified as Kazuyo Seiyo, 35, had discovered that her son, aged 13, had begun to skip school and had brought a group of his friends to their house in her absence. Police said the woman made him promise that he wouldn’t do so again. But when she found evidence that his friends had subsequently been to their home, she allegedly bound the boy’s arms and legs with tape and launched a sustained attack which lasted around 10 minutes, TV Asahi reported.
According to police, the boy was hit dozens of times on the head, arms, legs, back and abdomen with a wooden sword. Police say the sword belonged to the boy and had been bought for a school club. The boy sustained bruises and lacerations. His mother has reportedly confessed to the assault, and was quoted by police as saying she flew into a rage when she found out what her son had done.