05/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Japan Airlines Uniforms In High Demand On Black Market Thanks To Sex Industry

Japan Airlines' (JAL) stewardess uniforms are in high demand, thanks to the country's local sex industry, the Times UK reports. A full ensemble once fetched $16,000 according to Yu Teramoto, owner of a specialist costumier in Tokyo. The uniforms are reportedly used with "customers keen on role-playing fantasies, while rare specimens that have actually been worn are hugely sought after by fetishists and are worth their weight in gold."

Teramoto said that the uniforms are typically impossible to find, but buyers might be able to get their hands on the coveted skirts suits due to recent layoffs. All Nippon Airways (ANA) sews computer chips into the pieces of its uniforms and JAL might take up the same practice.

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