A 41-year-old company employee was arrested Friday on suspicion of operating an online dating site that he knew abetted child prostitution, marking the first time a 1999 law prohibiting paid sex with minors has been applied to a site operator, police said.

Kenji Oki, from Toyonaka, Osaka Prefecture, is suspected of operating the site through which a 48-year-old former civil servant from the city of Takaishi in the prefecture was introduced to a 17-year-old female high school student in mid-June, the police said.

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