Tokyo cops shut down Shibuya hooker club

Akihiro Suzumura
Akihiro Suzumura
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced the raid of a club in Shibuya Ward for offering prostitution services, reports Nippon Network News (Oct. 1).

On Saturday, officers took the managers of En Deri, Hideki Katagiri, 28, and Akihiro Suzumura, 31, and three others employees into custody for allegedly dispatching a 19-year-old girl to a male customer for a sexual encounter in violation of the Anti-Prostitution Law.

All five employees of En Deri, which is located in the Dogenzaka area, have reportedly admitted to the allegations.

Suzumura recruited customers by pretending to be a female contributor on deai-kei “encounter” matchmaking sites. The messages sought males interested in participating in a relationship based on enjo kosai, or compensated dating.

According to investigators, the club collected 700,000 yen in revenue each month.

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