Police said Friday they have arrested the manager and three other staff of a bar in Tokyo that was hiring women survivors of the March earthquake and tsunami as prostitutes.
Hirotaka Sato, 31, the manager of 3 Nen A Gumi, a bar located near JR’s Koiwa station in Koto Ward, was arrested together with three staff for violating labor and anti-prostitution laws by employing women and providing a place for sexual services. One of the employees, 39, was a woman from Sendai, who had come to Tokyo to work and save money for the reconstruction of her house, which was destroyed by the tsunami.
The woman told police that she finally found a job opening for a bar in Tokyo after she unsuccessfully tried finding work in Miyagi Prefecture. She was planning to go back to Sendai after saving approximately 500,000 yen.
According to police, the bar had 15 women, who had come to Tokyo from the Tohoku area, performing sexual services for clients solicited by bar staff from around the station.© Compiled from news reports