Recently, I read an interview with a manager of a big sex group specializing mature women. I found it quite interesting. Let me translate and summarize it here.
His group is called “Okaasan,” meaning “mother.” It opened its first shop in Tokyo in 2009. It runs 9 ones in and around there today. The female sex workers’ ages range from 40 to 60. The oldest is 72. It takes in no one younger than 40 basically.
What caused them to work there?
The manager says 60 percent of them have been divorced at least once, 30 percent are married, and the rest have no marriage history. Nine out of ten applied via the Internet. Not a small number of them have never worked sexually before.
Most of them have a trouble of some kind. Some need to divorce, to take over their husbands’ debt, to provide for their handicapped children, or to care for their bed-ridden parents. Sex jobs are flexible in terms of time, which makes it very easy to tap into spare time.
He spends about three hours interviewing each and every applicant. He first asks about their rent, utility costs, cell phone charges, food budget, and debt. He also inquiries about how they manage their money and how they want to work. He checks out their teeth, skin and medical history as well.
From his experience, some of the work absences are caused by mental sicknesses. They might look well at interviews thanks to medicine, but usually they could be unstable in many ways.
His group doesn’t comprise exclusive shops, and he only declines women without teeth, with tattoo and with severe mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
Based on his data of the last six years, the salary per capita amounts to 190,000 yen on average and in one month. The average workers show up 20 days a month and work 5.6 hours a day. However, that’s just the average. Cases vary between individuals. Some earn 500,000 to 800,000 a month. Others can only work four or five days and earn a lot less.
He doesn’t aim to increase the number of women highly profitable to the company. Rather, he want his employees to work comfortably and continuously.
On occasions, he helps female workers with debt disposal and introduce layers or psychiatrists. He’s not willing to do so, but they don’t come to work without the aids. All of them are adults. The reasons for their absence almost certainly come from actual troubles, and solutions to which encourage them to work for him.
One of the hottest issues these days in Japan is poverty among unmarried women. Asked about it, he answered: “I don’t mean to help them. I do what I do to make my own living. So do they. But I’ve seen many who need this job. I think it’s kind of necessary when I meet an applicant on New Year’s Eve when everybody should be resting well.”