A Saitama man was arrested August 4 under violation of child prostitution laws for paying a 16-year-old high school girl for sexual favors in a hotel room in Tokyo’s Hachioji city on March 23. The pair had reportedly met on an Internet community site about a year and a half ago, and mutually agreed to the transaction. The man, a 23-year-old construction worker from Konosu city, testified that he had met the girl for sex seven or eight times in the past, paying between 1000 and 4000 yen each time. The girl told police she did it for cash to go out with friends and purchase cosmetics.
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