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Married couple convicted for forcing single mother into prostitution

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The Tokyo District Court has convicted a married couple for violating the Anti-Prostitution Law after they forced a single mother into prostituting herself on at least 600 occasions.

The court convicted Yukino Takehara, 33, and her husband Yuki, 29, and sentenced them to 2 1/2 years in prison, suspended for four years, Kyodo News reported. 

According to the ruling, the couple allowed the woman, then 25, and her 3-year-old child to live with them at their apartment in Itabashi Ward from May to November 2021. Takehara, who is unemployed, and her husband, a waterproofing worker, have denied they forced the woman who was having trouble making ends meet, into prostitution.

Takehara became acquainted with the woman on a video-sharing website in February 2018. After learning that the woman was a struggling single mother, Takehara invited her to live with her and her husband. In November 2018, the woman and her child moved into the couple’s home. From around July 2019, the couple started to demand that she pay rent. She testified that Takehara told her, “You have to feed your child,” and demanded that she work as a prostitute. Additionally, she said that Takehara threatened to kill her if she did not do as she was told.

The court heard that the woman was forced to engage in prostitution on at least 600 occasions, taking in around 8.6 million yen, but the defendants gave her less than 1,000 yen for each session. The married couple used the money to to pay for their rent and luxury brand items.

The woman told the court that she had a “master-servant relationship, which prohibited me from disobeying Takehara.” She said she didn’t think she could get away alone since the two would look after her child while she worked.

This continued until Nov 8, 2021, at which time the woman sought advice from a friend who told her to contact the police.

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I’ve never lived in a country where prostitution is so endemic as Japan.

-8 ( +18 / -26 )

2.5 years prison (suspended!?!) for 2.5 years forced prostitution, kidnapping, extortion and slavery. Where is ‘justice’ in the Japanese legal system?

24 ( +43 / -19 )

So now, what of the victim and her child? No follow up to their story? Hopefully, Japan has state-sponsored housing and subsistence programs for her & the child to move on their own plus, mental and vocational rehabilitation programs to help get her still young life back on track.

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this is such an irony. prostitution is illegal in Japan, and yet, we have Kabukicho, one of the largest red light districts in the world.

*The married couple used the money to to pay for their rent and luxury brand items.*

I'm not going to persecute anyone who buys luxury stuff despite being in a financial pinch because we all deserve some joy, but, if you're really in dire straits to the point that your basic needs are not met, luxury stuff should be on the bottom of your shopping list.

-14 ( +5 / -19 )

wow pretty light sentence for such a heinous crime! Oh that's right this is the Japanese "justice" system.....

2 ( +18 / -16 )

Why even have an Anti-Prostitution Law if only a chiding is the result.

If this was not “organized crime”, does the victim get restitution for her services?

Who keeps the luxury items purchased by the couple?

“600 occasions taking in around 8.6 million yen, gave her less than 1,000 yen for each session. The married couple used the money to to pay for their rent and luxury brand items.”

18 ( +19 / -1 )

David Brent: "I’ve never lived in a country where prostitution is so endemic as Japan."

I'm going to go ahead and guess you haven't lived in many places. I don't think it's any more endemic than anywhere else, but they just pretend it's not, and often call it something else, and blame it on others. I mean, look at the punishment here for something that is supposedly illegal.

Speaking of, I thought 2.5 years was incredibly light, and then my jaw nearly dropped when I saw it was SUSPENDED. I say nearly because I quickly remembered where I was. TIJ.

0 ( +17 / -17 )

Ridiculously light sentence. Shows the status if single mothers.

13 ( +17 / -4 )

So a slap on the wrist for their crimes. Wonder if they ever saw a single day in jail.

7 ( +15 / -8 )

TIJ : This Isn’t Justice ?

Mr. smithijapan, is this your meaning?

9 ( +11 / -2 )

This continued until Nov 8, 2021, at which time the woman sought advice from a friend who told her to contact the police.

Good thing she sought advice from friend . . .

0 ( +5 / -5 )

I’ve never lived in a country where prostitution is so endemic as Japan.

Mainly driven by host clubs and host club debts. Many girls are deeply in debt to host clubs even by the time they are in high school. Many used yami-kin which have interests of around 10% every month, and they tend to let loans balloon to over 10M yen before essentially being tied down by the loan for life. To make it worse, the police tend to enforce those loans despite them being made to children. Why are girls as young as 14 being allowed into host clubs to build up debt??

"The court heard that the woman was forced to engage in prostitution on at least 600 occasions, taking in around 8.6 million yen, but the defendants gave her less than 1,000 yen for each session."

This is pretty common. I know of some certain membership only clubs, they make girls sign contracts that includes a lot of penalties for very minor transgressions, which in the end results in girls owning large amount of debts to them, and then would pay girls only ~5000 yen despite charging "clients" 50,000 - 200,000 per session after minimum monthly "debt" payment, and the girls are essentially forced to work almost 24/7 just to even survive.

Worst part is that there are no help for the girls in Japan, the police have actively supported these types of abusive "business" arrangements.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

I would do anything to support my child. Life sux sometimes. And prostitution is probably better than clearing radioactive rubble from Fukushima Daichi NPP. she could of just ran away.

what strikes me as very important, is the threats of death aspect. That alone should be 10 years.

I hope there is support for the victim and her child.

this kind of thing is happening on a very serious scale in The EU and UK. Demand for Ukrainian women is up 600% according to Oxfam.

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Many girls are deeply in debt to host clubs

time to start arresting the men using these clubs or even better name and shame them with their photos in the local paper where they live

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I don't think it's any more endemic than anywhere else, but they just pretend it's not, and often call it something else, and blame it on others.

A lot of people don't know that paid sex is legal in America if it's filmed, in which case it's protected as a form of art. In Singapore, even with the crackdowns on prostitution, you can still find hookers sitting on the sidewalks of Geylang.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

this kind of thing is happening on a very serious scale in The EU and UK. Demand for Ukrainian women is up 600% according to Oxfam.

The supply of Ukrainian women is unfortunately up massively as well though.

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I know everyone can read but just to be clear, they got a suspended sentence so these monsters are out and about, almost free as a bird.

They also didn’t have to pay back the money they made by exploiting the woman…

Apparently crime does pay.

-4 ( +7 / -11 )

the couple got off way too lightly!

this is concerning as it may encourage copy cats to take advantage of single mothers given the risk/reward here...

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Probably her friend is a client of her services. 25 years in prision would leave a better message. That women could always manage an alternative solution, like being a cleaning woman or taking care of elderly ans ask for social care for her child. Must be mental retarded for sure.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

That's right folks: TIA, no, I mean TIJ:

This is Japan

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snowymountainhellMay 26  07:59 am JST

2.5 years prison (suspended!?!) for 2.5 years forced prostitution, kidnapping, extortion and slavery. Where is ‘justice’ in the Japanese legal system?

A wrist slap.

> snowymountainhellMay 26  08:00 am JST

So now, what of the victim and her childNo follow up to their storyHopefully, Japan has state-sponsored housing and subsistence programs for her & the child to move on their own plus, mental and vocational rehabilitation programs to help get her still young life back on track.

the couple should be imprisoned for life, forever apart.

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