NEWS:Couple accused of forcing woman into prostitution

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Subject: NEWS:Couple accused of forcing woman into prostitution
From: Jyothi Kanics (jkanics@igc.org)
Date: Thu Jun 17 1999 - 19:10:34 EDT


Couple accused of forcing woman into prostitution
  
TOKYO, June 17 (Kyodo) - Police have arrested a Colombian woman and are
searching for her Japanese accomplice on suspicion of sending a woman into
prostitution, police said Thursday.

Police believe Gloria Ruiz, 39, and a 38-year-old man, whose name has not
been released, brought a 20-year-old Colombian woman to Japan and then sent
her to a Tokyo-based prostitution ring in February.

The two are suspected of violating immigration law by having the woman work
without a visa, police said.

On arriving in Japan, the 20-year-old was told she owed Ruiz and others 5.5
million yen for her airfare and job, they said.

Police suspect that a well-organized group backed by yakuza is behind the
case.


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