Japan's Twentysomething 'Sexual Samaritans'
A growing number of young women in Japan are making a living by offering sexual services to the elderly and disabled in Tokyo parlors known as "soapland".
Rika, 26, is responsible for "barrier free" operations at a "sensual massage" parlor in Tokyo's Gotanda district, setting up appointments for seniors or handicapped customers by telephone.More here in today's Japan Times. Engrish-y list of "foreigner friendly adult service houses in Japan" here. Gridskipper warned of a not-so-happy ending for soapland last year.
"It's natural for human beings to feel sexual desire," she tells Shukan Jitsuwa. "I really empathize with the elderly and handicapped. Once a customer told me how sad it made him feel that, for the remainder of his life, he could never anticipate a chance encounter with a partner of the opposite sex. I really felt for him. So I'd like to do what I can, even in some small way, to cheer them up."