1,600 women to brothels…Broker “200 million yen in compensation” shocking trick
The total amount of kickbacks was approximately 200 million yen–.
On November 4, the Metropolitan Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit for Community Safety announced the arrest of Futoshi Kawanami (39), Kei Sano (38), and Atsushi Yasuda (42), owners of a recruitment agency called Star Job, and others on suspicion of violating the Employment Security Law. The suspects allegedly introduced three women in their 20s to a soapland in the Yoshiwara district of Taito Ward after being scouted on a street in Kabukicho, Shinjuku Ward. According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Sano and the other suspects were paid 1.08 million yen by the brothel.
According to the police, Sano and the other suspects received 1,080,000 yen from the brothels. The total amount of remuneration he received as kickbacks amounted to 200 million yen. Upon investigation, Kawanami admitted to the crime. Sano denied the allegations, saying, “I was not involved in any way in the introduction business, which I handed over to my associates. Yasuda said, ‘I didn’t think it was illegal.
From 300 scouts: ……
The manner in which Sano and the other suspects posed numerous women to brothels is astonishing.
Sano and his colleagues were in contact with about 300 scouts in Kabukicho and other areas via LINE, and they introduced women to them. It is difficult for amateurs to spot women on the street who are interested in working in a brothel. If you introduce women who are already working in a brothel, you may get into big trouble for ‘pulling out’ which is against the rules.
The hurdle is quite high to talk to women on the street who have no experience in the sex industry and get them to work for you. Sano probably saved himself the trouble by getting information from professional scouts. He gave the scouts 15% of the kickbacks as compensation.
Former Kanagawa Prefectural Police detective and crime journalist Taihei Ogawa explains the depth of the crime of sex industry pimping.
Introducing work is not a crime in itself. However, it is a different story when it comes to introducing sex work, which is considered harmful to public morals. And if the agency that introduced the suspect was paid without notifying the authorities in advance, it would be a clear violation of the Employment Security Law.
Due to the impact of the new coronavirus, jobs for young women, such as part-time work in restaurants, are on the decline. It is not surprising that these women are having trouble making ends meet and are considering working in brothels where they can expect to earn some income. It is believed that the suspects took advantage of the psychology of these impoverished women.
It appears that Sano and the other suspects were in frequent contact with scouts and misused the information they obtained.
Photographed by： Shinji Hasuo