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.© Japan Today