Without Honour and Humanity: Japan’s Yakuza deals in child pornography

[ABC TV Foreign Correspondent Report] Reporting on the Yakuza is a deadly dangerous endeavour. Japan’s 80,000 strong criminal class don’t take kindly to nosey reporters and uncomfortable questions. Nevertheless North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy has managed to pry open a window on this highly secretive society to examine the Yakuza’s power and place in contemporary Japan.The result – featuring interviews with former and current insiders – offers revealing insights into the furtive and fetid world of Japan’s version of the mafia.Most chilling and disturbing of all is the Yakuza burgeoning new business – child pornography.In Japan it’s illegal to make or sell this appalling material but possession goes unpunished. It’s a loophole the Yakuza have begun to exploit – adding to the traditional money spinners like prostitution, drugs and angering some of their old guard.
http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2009/s2715335.htmAlso see:Old-style Yakuza regret child pornography push
For decades the Japanese mafia – the Yakuza – has specialised in prostitution, protection, drugs and extortion.But now, for the first time, the country’s leading police agency is acknowledging that some of these gangsters are delving into child pornography.Some old time Yakuza have told the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent program they’re troubled by the development.For enforcement agencies the problem is while producing and distributing child pornography is illegal in Japan, possessing it, is not.
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