OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police on Tuesday arrested three men for allegedly pimping a high school girl, reports Kyodo News (Nov. 18).
According to police, Masaaki Morimoto, a 38-year-old resident of Nagoya’s Higashi Ward, and the other two suspects, found a male customer in his 60s for the girl, who was 17 at the time.
On Wednesday, police sent Morimoto and the other two suspects to prosecutors on suspicion of violating the Child Welfare Act and the anti-prostitution law.
Morimoto admits to the allegations. However, the other two suspects deny the charges, police said.
The girl attends a correspondence school. At one point, Morimoto was dating the girl, during which time he claimed she had “debt.” He told her she “would be arrested” if she didn’t repay it.
The matter emerged after a police officer saw her soliciting in the street in Osaka City.
During questioning by police, the girl said, “I served more than 300 men.” She accumulated 6.3 million yen in revenue, the majority of which went to Morimoto.
The three suspects are among 57 persons arrested in a nationwide crackdown on child prostitution, police said.