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The character I'm dealing with is a fifteen-year-old Japanese boy, and, due to circumstances beyond his control, a very low-ranking member of a criminal organization (Team Rocket, which I'm writing as a fairly serious organization plagued by a few complete idiots). Thanks to modified-for-the-sake-of-realism canon events, there was a police raid of one of the organization's hideouts, where the boy was living at the time. Some of the agents got away, some didn't. The boy didn't.
He's clearly completely terrified, but he cooperates with the police with one exception -- he refuses to identify any of his superiors by name, though he does give his name. He has a hard time making himself understood verbally, stammering a lot and getting "stuck" often on certain words, having to repeat them a few times before he can figure out what he was saying and move on.
He has absolutely no criminal record, but his parents do; they were high-ranking agents of the organization who got themselves arrested when he was little, and he had been raised by his aunt until age ten, when he went missing and was rightfully assumed kidnapped.
I think I have a fair idea of what happens when an adult foreigner is arrested in modern-day Japan, because that's all I could find -- but my character is fifteen and Japanese. What differences would that make?
I think I have this one figured out -- thanks, guys! In a perfect world, he wouldn't end up being charged with any crime, because I don't want this poor kid to suffer any more than he has. He's a member of a criminal organization, but all the evidence points to him having been kidnapped and pulled into it at age ten, and he hasn't committed any crimes or assisted anyone in doing so. Is it at all realistic for him to be let off the hook, given the circumstances? If so, is it realistic for him to be placed in a group home, as he has no non-criminal relatives to take him in? If not, what might happen to him?
He has no serious wounds, but he has several bruises in varying stages of healing and other signs of abuse, including some recent bruises and scratches on his hips and inner thighs. He's also extremely skinny, as he doesn't eat nearly enough considering how much running around he usually does. Would this be enough to get him medical attention? I'm assuming the injuries resulting from forceful sex would be recognized as such; would rape be assumed even if he denied having had sex recently or swore that he consented to it? What would happen?
(For the record, it happened the night before he was arrested, and it was rape, even though he'd tell you that it was okay because the other guy woke him up to do it in the ten or so minutes before his partner got back and he was just too sleepy to give consent. This kid drives me crazy sometimes...)
(all this for Pokemon. I feel like I need to apologize for soiling someone's childhood memories or something.)