Police in Tokyo have arrested three men on suspicion of confining a 16-year-old girl in an apartment and forcing her into prostitution.
The three suspects, including Aomi Morita, 20, a resident of Tokyo's Itabashi Ward, are suspected of forcing the girl into prostitution at hotels in Tokyo, Fuji TV reported Tuesday. They will also be charged with violating the Child Welfare Act, police said.
The trio confined the girl, who is from Saitama Prefecture, at Morita's apartment from Aug 28 to Oct 5. Police said Morita and the other two men met the girl through their friends and began living together. After the suspects took away her smartphone and insurance card, they started to find "customers" through online dating sites and forced the girl into prostitution at hotels in Tokyo for 20,000 yen per session with at least 60 men over 40 days. The girl received 1,000 yen per customer.
The three suspects have denied they forced the girl into prostitution and said she is accusing them for her own reasons.
The girl was quoted by police as saying that Morita threatened to bury her in concrete if she tried to escape.© Japan Today