I am in the midst of researching my next story which will explore the world of Enjo Kosai (compensated dating). In Enjo Kosai, which originated in Japan but has spread to other countries including Hong Kong, South Korea and the USA, men pay ladies for companionship. The practice is highly contentious as many of the girls who participate in Enjo Kosai are underage and (if sexual activity takes place) the adult partner is guilty of child rape or molestation. Controversy also exists regarding to what extent the practice of compensated dating entails sex. It can, in some instances entail ladies accompanying men to caroke bars, having a meal etc, while other instances do involve sex.
Enjo Kosai is viewed by some as arising from the desire of girls and women to participate in consumer society. In return for company and/or sex participants are furnished with money or gifts which are considered desirable by the recipients. Others point to poor parenting and an abusive childhood as the key factors leading ladies to embrace Enjo Kosai.
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Yesterday evening I met up with my friend Brian for a couple of pints and a curry. Brian has just returned from France and I was delighted that while there he read my story Samantha while relaxing in the grounds of a beautiful French chateau (now there is a man who knows how to live the good life)! Brian was extremely complimentary about Samantha stating that the story is exciting and well written. Receiving feedback from close friends is wonderful particularly when they express a liking for your work. Of course there is the danger that friends and family will hold off when providing their opinion due to not wishing to cause offence (how many mothers would tell their son that they don’t like their literary or other artistic creation for example?!). However I have known Brian for many years and I know that he would not hold back in providing feedback irrespective of whether or not he liked my writing. For my story Samantha please visit http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samantha-ebook/dp/B00BL3CNHI
My novel in progress, Samantha tells the story of a young girl forced into prostitution by her brutal pimp Barry and is set against the backdrop of Liverpool. The city of Liverpool has a special place in my affections as I was born and spent my formative years there.
Many of the places mentioned in Samantha exist which does, I believe lend authenticity to the story. Sam’s first proper date with Peter, the man with whom she is falling in love begins in the Walled Garden a tranquil spot situated in Woolton Woods. The woods are located in the village of Woolton (Woolton forms one of Liverpool’s suburbs). It is autumn and the peace and tranquillity of the autumnal woods contrast sharply with Sam’s tortured mental state. She finds solace in the beauties of the Walled Garden and in the company of Peter, she is, however acutely conscious of her life as a prostitute which Sam conceals from Peter.
The lovely woods and garden seem worlds away from Sam’s encounter during the early hours of Saturday morning with Nick a man whom she is forced to have sex with by Barry. Beauty and ugliness exist side by side but while Peter can see only the beauties of the autum woods and his girlfriend, Sam, on the other hand knows only to well that corruption and beauty can exist (often unperceived) side by side.