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Tokyo broker for Thai hostesses busted for wrongful employment

Toshiya Morita
Toshiya Morita

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of a broker of Thai females for violating immigration laws by employing the women as masseuses, reports the Sankei Shimbun (May 20).

On May 16, officers from the took Toshiya Morita, 49, the manager of a trading company, and his 44-year-old wife, a Thai national, for falsely stating the conditions of employment on the visa applications of Thai women who worked at a massage parlor in Tokyo’s Kabukicho red-light district — a violation of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

Morita and his wife are alleged to have received fees of between 500,000 and 800,000 yen per woman brought to Japan from Thailand. Since March of last year, the suspects a total of 16 million from approximately 20 women.

Eight women were also arrested on charges of working outside the conditions of their visas.