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Police raid massage parlors, pursue Chinese crime links

Date Posted: 2002-01-31

Ninety officers from the Naha Police Department on Jan. 26 staged a raid of four Taiwanese massage parlors located in Naha’s Matsuyama district on suspicion of having skimmed credit cards. (Skimming is an operation whereby data is lifted from credit cards using a machine called a skimmer. The actual card is then reproduced and is used unlawfully for purchases.) Illegal phone cards were seized during the operation, and six female Chinese employees were arrested for being in the country illegally. Suspecting that other crimes have been committed as well, police plan to further question the detainees regarding possible connections to larger Chinese crime organizations. Several customers had notified police that their credit cards had been skimmed after the salons opened almost simultaneously last fall, prompting police to launch an undercover investigation into the salons’ operations. Approximately 100 victims are believed to have suffered damages estimated at over ¥20 million.

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