More details have been uncovered about the murder of a 16-year-old girl in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture and the whole case is beginning to look like a bad made for TV movie. The seven suspects that are now being held on murder and robbery charges are apparently part of a prostitution ring that was being operated through the LINE smartphone app.
According to news reports, a fight over the distribution of profits from their business was the original source of the argument, which then led to the murder of the young girl. The leader of the group was another 16-year-old girl, the one who went to the police first and confessed about the murder. The other suspects are three 16-year-old females, two 16-year-old males and 21-year-old Taihei Seto. On the morning of June 28, the suspects lured the victim into a van, then assaulted and robbed her of 42,000 yen. Seto drove the van while the crime was happening and when they reached Haigamine Park in Kure, they dumped her body in the mountains and left her for dead.
The prostitution ring started with just the leader offering her services, but when more girls started to join, she became the ring leader. They started off by using some deai-kei “encounter” matchmaking sites but stopped when they were warned off for stealing clients. They switched to using the LINE app and offered compensated dating (or enjo kosai) to be carried out under a “delivery health” (out-call sex) system. They charged between 25,000 and 30,000 yen and the leader, having a cut on all the sales, boasted to other friends that she was earning one million yen per month. The suspects are now awaiting charges to be brought against them as they are still being held for questioning and further investigation.
[ via Tokyo Reporter ]