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Yakuza accused of extorting Uguisudani sex parlor

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested two members of a criminal syndicate over the alleged extortion of a fuzoku (commercial sex) parlor in Taito Ward, reports TBS News (Feb. 1).

Last October, the suspects, both members of the Sumiyoshi-kai, allegedly collected 50,000 yen in a payment known as mikajimeryo — or “protection money” — from the manager of the parlor, aged in his 50s.

Both suspects deny the allegations, police said.

Police arrested two Sumiyoshi-kai members for extorting a Uguisudani sex parlor (Twitter)

According to police, the parlor is believed to have paid 2.55 million yen to the gangsters over a four-year period.

A metropolitan ordinance enacted last year prohibits the payment of protection money to gangsters by management of restaurants, bars and other shops in the capital. As a result, police plan to send the manager in Uguisudani to prosecutors.

“I paid [the money] to prevent disruption of business,” the manager was quoted.