After several attempts at legislating against the practice during the Occupation from 1945 to 1952 and again after Japan regained its independence in 1952, what became the Prostitution Prevention Law finally passed through the National Diet in 1956.
Its enactment was held off until April 1958 to give workers in the industry time to find new professions or enter into government-run rehabilitation centers (where the cost of feeding the occupants was famously less per day than what the Tokyo Metropolitan Government would pay for meals for dogs awaiting euthanasia in pounds).
Spoilerfor Sex workers in a red light district in 1950:
Spoilerfor A prostitute and john at her hotel workplace in January 1949:
Spoilerfor Students hang out near an area where prostitutes serviced U.S. military members (their U.S. servicemen clients):
Spoilerfor Prostitutes waiting for customers in Osaka's Tobita Shinchi in 1956:
Spoilerfor Arrested streetwalkers are loaded onto prosecutors' truck in July 1950:
Spoilerfor Pan-pan prostitutes solicit customers near the old U.S. Tachikawa Air Base in suburban Tokyo in 1956:
Spoilerfor Streetwalkers arrested after a raid in Tokyo's Nerima-ku in August 1954:
Spoilerfor Prostitutes give written statements to police in June 1953:
Spoilerfor A list of top prostitutes from the mid-Meiji Era (1868-1912):