I've been looking around on the web for information about prostitutes in japan in the 1940s. I am unable to find anything helpful, as all that is mentioned are "Comfort Women". I need information about Japanese prostitutes.

Here is my question.

Were young girls sometimes sold into prostitution to pay off family debt? And if so, what were they called?

  • Note that The 1940's is during and after the war with the US. Two very different times. Possibly also quite different from before the war with the US. – Lennart Regebro Aug 12 '13 at 5:35
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    Did you ask this question only last week? – Eugene Seidel Aug 12 '13 at 5:53
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    @EugeneSeidel No, he posted a question that was in fact a whole set of different questions, it was closed, and he was asked to ask the questions separately. – Lennart Regebro Aug 12 '13 at 8:54
  • Some comfort women were Japanese , FWIW. – Andrew Grimm Aug 15 '13 at 10:31

Sayo Masuda was sold to a geisha house to be an onsen geisha to pay for her father's medical treatment.

Geishas are not the same as prostitutes, but her job was a sexualized one. I haven't read her book, but the Wikipedia summary mentions that her virginity was sold off five times while she was an onsen geisha.

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