A man was arrested for violating the Child Welfare Law on March 24. He is alleged to have had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old high school girl. But he was doing more than just having sex with a minor: It turns out he was a pimp for teenage prostitutes in Kabukicho, one of Tokyo's biggest nightlife areas.
Yoshiyuki Tsuchida, 27, was called “Ryu (Dragon) in Kabukicho,” police say. "He would approach girls who were working for themselves in Kabukicho, offering himself as a bodyguard. He earned up to 2-3 million yen a month.”
One18-year-old girl who hired him as a bodyguard says: “Ryu didn't talk about himself at all but he is a guy who looks like a nightclub host. He always worked together with a beautiful woman whom I got acquainted with online. She told me to come to Tokyo to work with them because she said they would give me support. So she was virtually managing teenage prostitutes in Kabukicho on behalf of Ryu.”
A journalist who writes about the sex industry says Tsuchida ran a business acting as a liaison between teen girls and customers in Kabukicho. “However much customers paid, we only got 10,000 yen. Ryu took the rest. Some girls were satisfied with him as a bodyguard even if they weren't getting enough money. But I didn't like that,” said the 18-year-old girl.
The journalist said Ryu was not just a pimp but gave the girls “lessons.” "But some girls squealed on him to the police after they got dissatisfied with their earnings.”
Kabukicho was supposed to have been cleaned by police in 2005, but Ryu's case shows there are still underground businesses exploiting minors in the area. (Translated by Taro Fujimoto)© Japan Today