OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police on Monday announced the bust of an elite dating club on charges of brokering prostitution, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Feb. 23).
Officers took Shunryo Yonahara, the 62-year-old male manager of Essence Club Osaka, whose office is located inside an apartment near JR Shin Osaka Station, into custody for allegedly introducing two women to a male dentist (56) and office worker (44) for sexual encounters on two separate occasions in January.
“I did it to make a living,” the manager is quoted by police, according to Sankei Sports (Feb. 23).
Essence Club Osaka’s Web site indicates that the service is strictly for male adults over the age of 35. Members must first pay an initiation fee of 30,000 yen.
For an introduction, a male member will pay the club a referral fee of 20,000 yen. The referred woman will then receive between 30,000 and 50,000 yen from the customer for the session.
Upgrading to a VIP membership (for 200,000 yen) allows for introductions to the club’s elite collection of race queens, models, entertainers, announcers and flight attendants. The club’s roster includes a total of 170 women aged between 19 and 48.
Over the past five years, a bank account connected to the suspect received 43 million yen in fees from the 240 male members listed on the books of the club.