Teaching is not always the most financially rewarding job, is it? Even in Japan, where getting a good education is highly valued, teachers can find themselves on hard times, like this unfortunate young woman from Osaka.

A 29-year-old teacher from Osaka has resigned from her position after receiving a six-month suspension for taking a part-time job as a call girl.

After racking up 2,000,000 yen (US$20,410) in unpaid credit card bills buying clothes and makeup, this unnamed Osaka high school teacher took the part-time job to pay off her debt. Over the course of 105 days (from October, 2012 to April, 2013), she earned a total of approximately 1,600,000 yen (US$16,313.39).

Apparently, she’d kept her credit card problems hidden from her family and needed a way to get a lot of money fast. To do so, she started working at an out-of-the-way “hotel health” service. (At one point in time, Osaka seems to have had a large number of massage parlors that served as fronts for prostitution. After they were all shut down by the police, “hotel health” services sprung up, whereby prostitutes are sent to hotel rooms for “health services,” basically a call girl service, making them more difficult to bust.)

So, how did she get caught?

While you might be picturing something out of a movie with a shame-faced principle, a school board member, or a student’s parent, the truth is a little less shocking. Someone anonymously sent an email to the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education containing the teacher’s name, the school she worked at, the name of the “hotel health” service, and a link to the service’s website, which had a picture of the teacher with her face blurred out.

On May 2, she was suspended by the Osaka Prefectural Board of Education for six months. The same day she tendered her resignation, in addition to issuing an apology to her students. She offered this as way of explanation to the Board of Education, “I was reluctant to go enter the sex industry, but I was being pressed to pay [my bills] and was at my wits’ end.” She said she’d also planned to use part of the money to pay off student loans from university.

The Board of Education issued a statement as well, saying, “This is an unprecedented scandal. We deeply apologize for causing trouble for our students and their guardians.”

Kinda makes you wonder though, is this really unprecedented??

Source: Sankei News
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