Japanese Doujinshi Porn can Lead to Jail Time

Japanese Doujinshi Porn can Lead to Jail Time

Written on March 3rd, 2016 in Stories by Anthony Spencer

Porn addiction can take many different forms. The most common methods for online pornography consumption are videos and pictures. These can include comics, and in other countries pornographic comics are a huge industry. Japan is the flagship example, but Japanese pornographic comics can land people into a world of legal trouble far beyond simple porn addiction. It can lead to child pornography charges.

While there are mainstream pornographic comics in Japan, many comics are made and sold by fans. These fan-made comics are called doujinshi, and many of them are pornographic. The style of drawing popular in Japan makes characters look very young even if they are described as older in the comic, and unfortunately actual drawn child pornography is far more tolerated over there than it is in the U.S. The legal age of consent is lower in Japan than it is here.

The internet has made it extremely easy for people to download these doujinshi off of porn websites, but possession of these images can lead to federal charges. This is a legal gray area but there is some precedent. In United States v. Hadley, a case held in 2008 in Iowa, a man was given six months in prison for owning “one or more drawings or cartoons, that depict a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.” While it wasn’t considered to be actual child pornography according to the law, it was considered to be a possible gateway to it.

Porn addiction can do more than just ruin relationships or cause you physical problems. Certain forms of it can land you in legal hot water that can last for the rest of your life. People who are addicted to porn are often addicted to novelty. When they become sensitized to one form of pornography they will seek others to get the same feelings. This can lead people to drawn forms of pornography that could be misconstrued, or eventually be ruled as, child pornography.

If you are facing a porn addiction, there is help. X3Watch can help block pornography sites and help you assemble a team of allies that will keep you accountable. For more information, browse our website or contact our offices. Don’t let porn win over your life.