TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Thursday the arrest of two gang members for prostituting a teenage girl in Shinjuku Ward, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Sep. 27).
Sumiyoshi-kai members Toshiyuki Miyashita, 61, and Yasuyuki Doi, 29, and one other suspect were taken into custody for allegedly introducing a 17-year-old girl to men for sex at love hotels in the Kabukicho red-light in March — a violation of the Anti-Prostitution Law. None of the suspects would comment on the validity of the allegations.
According to police, the teenage girl ran away from home in February. While walking through the streets of Kabukicho, she was approached by Doi, who asked, “How old are you? Will you have sex?” Miyashita then arranged an apartment the victim used while she engaged in prostitution. The girl told officers that she provided sexual services to about 100 men over a one-month period.
According to Jiji Press, the girl was received roughly half the money paid by her customers with the suspects acquiring the remainder.
While living in Miyashita’s accommodation, the victim returned to her home one day in March. But since the suspects had seized her health insurance card she soon after returned to Kabukicho.