TOKYO (TR) – Aichi and Gifu prefectural police on Wednesday arrested the manager of an illicit “live chat” Internet service that featured underage school girls, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Oct. 24).
Tsukasa Ishii, 37, the manager of the Nagoya-based site, and three others were taken into custody for projecting images on the Internet of girls under the age of 18 as they removed their clothing for men to view — a violation of the Labor Standards Act regarding limitations on harmful and injurious work.
All four suspects have reportedly denied the allegations.
Between October of 2011 and January of this year, the four suspects are alleged to have on 12 occasions brought a 16-year-old high-school girl to an apartment in Naka Ward for filming using a Web camera while she was in her underwear and unclothed.
Since beginning operations in March of 2010, the site had earned 220 million yen in income through August of this year, according to investigators.
According to the Mainichi Shimbun (Oct. 24), the site had 1,500 girls and 9,800 male customers registered on its books.
In September, officers from the same two prefectures busted a similar operation in Nagoya run by 26-year-old Yosuke Kamiyama, as reported by the Kyodo News wire service (Sep. 7). The suspect was also charged with unsafe employment of minors.