Akihabara parlor offering ‘walking dates’ with school girls busted for extortion

Coconuts in Akihabara
Coconuts in Akihabara

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Wednesday announced the bust of a parlor employing school girls in the Akihabara district of Chiyoda Ward on extortion charges, reports public broadcaster NHK (Oct. 2).

Officers took the manager of Coconuts, Naoshi Sugino, 25, and four other male and female employees for allegedly extorting 300,000 yen from a 49-year-old male customer who paid for a “walking date” with a 17-year-old girl on September 27.

After the service had concluded, the suspects, including the girl, falsely accused the customer of violating a policy about body touching and seized his mobile phone and driver’s license. The suspects then said that in order for phone to be returned he would have to pay compensation.

All five suspects have reportedly admitted to the allegations.

Termed “JK osanpo” — or high school girl (joshi kosei) walking date — the parlors typically charge customers 8,000 yen for a one-hour excursion, according to the Asahi Shimbun (Oct. 2).

The number of establishments is on the rise, with 50 in existence in the Tokyo metropolitan area, police said. Law enforcement is concerned about whether the services are a potential breeding ground for prostitution.

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