Police on Monday arrested an unemployed 60-year-old man for violation of anti-prostitution and child welfare laws after it was discovered he was allegedly employing high school girls as prostitutes.
According to Osaka investigators, the suspect, identified as Yasuhiro Takaoka, introduced around 50 girls into prostitution, of whom 20 were under 18 years of age, over the past 10 years. Takaoka introduced the girls to male clients, according to a blog written by one of the girls.
A second grade high school girl who responded to his solicitations was quoted by police as saying: "Since July of last year, I have slept with around 70 clients and made about 2 million yen. I wanted money for cosmetic surgery and clothes."
Takaoka is reported to have split the girls' earnings 50/50 and given them some money for living expenses. He has been charged with acting as an intermediary to prostitution between two men and two schoolgirls on Feb 15, and with incitement to commit obscene acts.© News reports