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Therapy salon owner busted for role with underage employees

Date Posted: 2005-11-04

The owner of a Naha City heat massage bath therapy is facing charges after hiring young girls to work his salon, then blackmailing customers who used their services.

Company founder Ricki Tano, 38, owner Keishin Tamaki, 43, and staff employee Takayuki Shimosuo, 35, were taken into custody several days ago and charged with promoting immoral activities and blackmail. The owner had hired girls under 18 years of age to work the facility, then entered into secret deals with customers to use those girls for illicit purposes.

After the girls performed sex acts with customers, the owner and his two cohorts approached the customers, saying “Hey! You did some wrong things with my young workers, and now you should pay me money before I have to take action. You know the girl was under 18, and you know what will happen if police find out.”

Police say the extortion tactics netted the trio between Y2,000,000 and Y3,000,000 before the deal crashed. Some customers have told police they didn’t know the salon owner was in on the deal when the girls propositioned them to go to hotels. They expressed surprise, they told officials, when Tamaki said “I hard from my worker what you did when you took her to the hotel. That’s against the law because she’s only 16.”

The game ended when one customer refused the blackmail threats and went to police. Turns out the owner and his friends were also using internet meeting sites to promote their business and get customers to ante up more than Y300,000.

Police have closed the heat therapy bath salon.

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