TOKYO (TR) – Multiple news outlets over the weekend reported on the arrest of a 28-year-old male for operating a prostitution ring employing underage females.
Glaringly absent from the articles is that the suspect, Naotake Fukayama, did not profit from the transactions monetarily; instead, he brokered the deals in exchange for erotic pictures, reports The Real Live Web (June 18).
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Friday announced the arrest of Fukuyama for allegedly providing a Web service that introduced male customers to high school girls under 18 years of age for sex — a violation of child pornography and prostitution statutes.
On January 28, the suspect introduced a 16-year-old girl (who is now 17), enrolled at a private school, to a 36-year-old company employee.
Fukuyama initially asked the girl to send him naked photos of her for a fee of 50,000 yen. After he obliged, he introduced her to the company employee in lieu of payment.
The customer, who paid her 20,000 yen for the subsequent sex session, was also arrested on child prostitution charges. He was later released after paying a fine.
Fukuyama told investigators that since last summer he connected roughly 30 teen prostitutes with customers. In May, a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police was fined for paying for sex with an underage girl he met through the suspect.
In each case, Fukuyama asked that customers send him photos of the underage girls engaged in sex acts rather than a commission.