Tokyo cops: Talent agencies pimped porn starlets to sex parlors

Police arrested Masao Enomoto, the 39-year-old head of  Style One for dispatching an AV actress to a Yoshiwara bathhouse
Police arrested Masao Enomoto, the 39-year-old head of agency Style One, for dispatching an AV actress to a Yoshiwara bathhouse

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested three presidents of talent agencies based in the metropolis for allegedly dispatching adult video (AV) actresses to bathhouses to serve as prostitutes, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 24).

Between September of 2012 and May of this year, Masao Enomoto, the 39-year-old head of Style One, Naoki Kinomoto, the 42-year-old president of SSL, and Shotaro Maeda, the 38-year-old chief of Bell Tech Production, allegedly sent three actresses, aged in their 20s, to soapland bathhouses Latin Quarter and Haute Couture in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarter of Taito Ward.

The suspects have been accused of violating the Employment Security Act regarding harmful work referrals.

For Kinomoto, he received a commission of 5,000 yen per customer served by the actress he dispatched to the bathhouse. “I was told by the women that they could not exist via the AV industry alone,” the suspect is quoted by police in admitting to the allegations, according to TV Asahi (Nov. 24).

Latin Quarter and Haute Couture used their web sites to attract customers by posting the names of actresses, their photographs and titles of their films were posted on the sites. Popular actresses fetched upwards of 80,000 yen per 120-minute session, with the bathhouse taking a cut of 15,000 yen.

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