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Child porn producer commits suicide

Date Posted: 2003-07-24

Okinawa-born child porn producer commits suicide after kidnapping four girls. A Tokyo-based Okinawan engaged in the child pornography business is dead by his own hand. The 29-year-old Okinawa-born Hirotaro Yoshizato was found dead, a victim of an apparent suicide, after he had lured four young girls to his apartment and confined them handcuffed in his apartment living room.

One of the girls managed to free herself and ran out for help. When police arrived, they found the three other girls still in the handcuffs and Yoshizato’s body in the kitchen. According to investigators, Yoshizato had moved from his native Okinawa to Tokyo a few years ago, where he started his own company called “Pretty Angel.” The company mainly concentrated on producing videos featuring naked young girls of 10-12 years of age.

Yoshizato found his “models” by distributing flyers around Shibuya district in Tokyo, offering good pay for easy cleaning jobs. Once he lured the girls into his apartment, he offered them more money for modeling for his videos. He also paid the girls for introducing him their friends. He then sold the tapes through Internet.

Police say Yoshizato had been under investigation for some time, and that may have prompted him to commit suicide once he realized that he faced kidnap charges for forcibly confining his latest victims into his apartment.

Some social critics say that Yoshizato’s case is not so unusual. They point out that many young people leave Okinawa to look for jobs in big cities in mainland. Lacking any special skills, they try to figure out how to make easy money, and end up with smutty video trade. “It’s easy, you don’t need to go to office and you can sell those tapes at fairly high price,” one social worker commented. The lack of good jobs in Okinawa is a very serious problem for young people in the prefecture.

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