A 47-year-old man was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday, after being found guilty of violating the Anti-Prostitution Law and the Child Welfare Law when he forced his stepdaughter to engage in prostitution in February last year.
According to the Wakayama Family Court, the stepfather had his stepdaughter, then 15 years old, engage in indecent behavior with a man in a hotel in Wakayama City in February last year, and had the man deposit money in the stepfather’s bank account. The court said the stepfather told the girl her cell phone bill was too high and demanded she go out and make money, even if that meant selling her body.
Judge Shigeyu Sugimura said in handing down the ruling: “All I can say it is extremely despicable and brutal for a parent to treat their child as a money-maker and outlet for sexual satisfaction.”
The Wakayama Family Court sentenced the girl’s 37-year-old mother to three years and six months in prison in December last year for her role in forcing the girl to engage in prostitution.© News reports