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KITAKYUSHU — Police have arrested four Thais on suspicion of illegally entering Japan from Shimonoseki, as well as a South Korean and an American on suspicion of helping the women.

The four women allegedly entered via the port of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, around 5 a.m. Saturday without undergoing immigration procedures.

Kang Sok Chan, 40, of South Korea is suspected of ferrying the women in on a boat from Pusan, South Korea, to Shimonoseki between Thursday night and Friday morning. He allegedly put them on land Saturday morning, police said.

Son Richard Changsoo, 48, of the United States, is suspected of renting a car with the intention of transporting the women.

The police seized the women and the American as the women were getting into the car. The South Korean was arrested when officers found his boat after interrogating the other suspects.

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