I, for one, welcome our black market knicker-sniffing overlords

...or, "the street finds its own use for skidmarks"

Schoolgirls sniff gold in pantie crackdown:

Naughty Japanese schoolgirls lost one of their greatest sources of pocket money earlier this month after the Tokyo Metropolitan Government outlawed the trade in soiled knickers from the underaged.

Tokyo's Burusera Ordinance, which takes its name from the Japanese-English contraction of the words "bloomer seller," bans the purchase of used panties from anybody under the age of 18, as well as any activities that would facilitate such a sale. [...]

"The ordinance may have shut down the burusera stores, but it has only sparked a thriving trade in schoolgirls using mobile phone sites to conduct direct sales to customers without needing a middleman. They'll arrange to meet in some dark spot like a karaoke box or beside a building, then remove and hand over their panties on the spot in exchange for payment. What's more, they're charging 5,000 to 10,000 yen a pair, about five times what they would have got from a burusera shop. Some girls are even happy the ordinance has come into effect because it's done away with the burusera shops that were eating into their profits." [...]

"Everybody starts off thinking that just selling their panties is not too bad, but about 90 percent of those girls end up prostituting themselves within six months, no, three months of making their first panty sale," he tells Shukan Taishu. "Lots of girls feel liberated by dropping their panties. Next thing they know, though, they've dropped their guard, too."

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16 Responses:

  1. smokedamage says:

    my brain! my brain!

  2. wsxyz says:
    • Why is this sort of thing so prevalent in Japan? I imagine there are lots of American teenage girls who would sell their panties for $50-$100 too, but apparently the demand for used "bloomers" isn't as large here, why is that?
    • Why shouldn't a girl be allowed to sell her panties for $50?
    • It seems reasonable that many panty sellers make the transition to part-time prostitution -- but how can you possibly prevent that by attempting to ban panty selling? It seems to me that controlling the demand would be more effective. Perhaps a government-run office of panty procuration could send a used panty (with certificate of authenticity) in the mail to all men in Japan once a week.
    • drsmax says:

      Go after the supply. No more panties.

    • ajaxxx says:

      Why is this sort of thing so prevalent in Japan?

      because the japanese are fucking weird.

    • spider88 says:

      I think it would happen here, too, if this country weren't so psychotic about teenagers and sexual activity. Both our legal and psychiatric industries equate teenagers with small children, treating them equally, and equally persecuting people attracted to either 5 year olds or 15 year olds.

      Wait a minute, did I just say instituionalized repression works?

    • violentbloom says:

      it rather seems like banning the sales and eliminating the middle man is encouraging prostitution as you now have young girls selling their panties to weirdos in dark corners...what a perfect spot for a little pay'n'poke
      if nothing else you'd think rape would be more likely too.

  3. gths says:

    No more panty lies.

  4. "...about 90 percent of those girls end up prostituting themselves within six months, no, three months of making their first panty sale..."

    Yeah, that sounds like a rigorously researched statistic to me.

  5. bitpuddle says:

    This just shows that the Japanese are smarter than we are. They have solved the puzzle.

    1) Collect all the underpants
    2)
    3) Profit!

  6. wilecoyote says:

    Shouldn't the headline be "Dear japanese people...", etc., etc.?

  7. lars_larsen says:

    In japan, adultery is acceptable if its only for sex, as long as you dont love them.

    Because of this, they have "paid dates" where an often married man pays a woman for sex say, once a month.

    Its both legal, and socially acceptable.

  8. This is the same government that sat on birth control pills for decades (only approving them for contraceptive use in 1999), but approved Viagra in 6 months.

    If Viagra hadn't come out (and been approved so quickly, thus giving tremendous ammunition to the pro-Pill lobbyists), birth control pills would probably still be illegal in Japan.

    I guess it's all a matter of what's important to the people making the laws (i.e. old men).

  9. krick says:

    Now, wouldn't this have been a WAY cooler title?...

    "Schoolgirls sniff panties in gold crackdown"

    But seriously, does anyone else remember the "soiled underpants" crackdown of 2000 on eBay?

    There was a thriving "used" underwear trade before someone at eBay instituted new rules to put a stop to it.

    http://pages.ebay.com/help/policies/used-clothing.html

    "Used clothing may be listed on eBay, so long as the clothing has been thoroughly cleaned according to the manufacturer's instructions. Listings that contain inappropriate or extraneous descriptions will be ended. Additionally, used underwear, including but not limited to, boxer shorts, panties, briefs, and athletic supporters will not be permitted."

  10. tfofurn says:

    An elected politician thinks prostitution is bad? How droll!