Three people from Kawasaki were under Metropolitan Police Department custody as of Thursday for allegedly trafficking a Filipino woman in May for sexual exploitation.
It is the nation’s first sex-trafficking-related arrest, according to police.
The police arrested Hisashi Nakamura, 66, who is apparently self-employed, for allegedly paying ¥1.5 million to buy a 23-year-old Filipino woman. Isao Matsumoto, 64, and his 60-year-old Filipino wife were also arrested for allegedly selling the woman to Nakamura.
All three suspects have admitted committing human-trafficking. Nakamura, who is married, reportedly said he bought the woman because he wanted to keep her as his mistress, police said.
The police first arrested Nakamura in suspicion of keeping the woman knowing she was illegally overstaying in Japan, and the couple for allegedly confining another Filipino woman and injuring her.
The couple reportedly said they have arranged 20 to 30 marriages between Japanese men and Filipino women.