TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the bust of an Internet advertising firm for accepting ads for a sex business offering services in violation of the Anti-Prostitution Law, reports TBS News (Nov. 27).
On Tuesday, officers arrested Katsuto Oba, 32, for receiving 550,000 yen in business from an illegal “delivery health” out-call sex operation in the Uguisudani area of Taito Ward between May and August.
Oba, who has been accused of mediating prostitution, has reportedly denied the allegations. “I didn’t know that prostitution was taking place,” the suspect is quoted by police.
The suspect oversees the Internet advertising for 40 businesses in Uguisudani.
To classify advertising revenue gained from an illegal sex business as a crime is a nationwide first, according to public broadcaster NHK (Nov. 27).
Over the past two years, sales at the advertising firm have totaled 900 million yen.