TOKYO (TR) – Shizuoka prefectural police applied fresh charges to three suspects for alleged prostitution related to the operation of a call-girl sex service in Shizuoka City in which a number of women were confined to an apartment, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Nov. 11).
Officers from the Shizuoka Central Police Station took Yoji Nagai, the 30-year-old leader of the ring, Kazuhiro Oishi, 25, and Fumitaka Suzuki, 25, into custody for allegedly operating a deri heru (“delivery health”) out-call sex service in violation of the Anti-Prostitution Law, instigating violence, and committing various other crimes.
On September 30, law enforcement originally arrested the three suspects and three others after it was alleged that the group supplied a 17-year-old girl for sexual services on two occasions at Shizuoka City hotels in March — a violation of child welfare laws regarding obscene acts.
The girl reportedly told police that she had serviced more than 50 customers since August of last year, according to the Mainichi Shimbun (Oct. 1). Officers searched 10 locations related to the crime and seized mobile phones and accounting books.
In the latest case, investigators allege that over a two-week period starting in July the three suspects confined a 20-year-old woman in a Shizuoka City apartment registered in the name of Oishi and dispatched her to customers waiting at hotels for 28,000 yen per session.
The suspects seized the woman’s driver’s license and key to her car and demanded that she work to repay her “recruitment fee.” “If you run away, we’ll burn down your parents house,” the suspects allegedly threatened.
Suzuki and Oishi have reportedly admitted to the allegations, while Nagai has denied involvement.
According to the Yomiuri Shimbun (Nov. 10), since the fall of last year, the suspects detained and utilized eight women to service 700 customers while accruing a total revenue of 150 million yen. The suspects recruited customers by pretending to be women on various matchmaking sites.
Officers became aware of the operation after one woman escaped from confinement in April. The location of the dormitory was moved sometime later.