Tokyo man used Twitter to organize hotel orgies
tokyoreporter.com -- Nov 21
Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a 31-year-old man for organizing an orgy event via the social-networking service Twitter, reports the Sankei Shimbun.

In late October, Takakiyo Ariyama, a resident of the Shiba area of Minato Ward, allegedly used Twitter to recruit participants for an orgy event held at a hotel in Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, Ariyama requested that interested parties send him a message to participate in event, held on November 19. The entrance fee for men was 30,000 yen while women were compensated that same amount and transportation costs.

Ariyama, who has been accused of violating the Anti-Prostitution Law, admits to the allegations. Police also arrested 11 male and female participants, aged in their 20s to 40s, on suspicion of indecent exposure.

The suspect has been holding such events about eight times per month since 2008, police said. He is believed to have accumulated 60 million yen in revenue since that time.

The matter came to light after police were tipped off via email.

複数の男女でわいせつな行為をするパーティーを開催したなどとして、31歳の男が逮捕されました。 東京・港区の無職・有山貴清容疑者はツイッターで女性の売春相手となる男性を募り、神奈川県内のホテルで19日、複数の男女でわいせつな行為をするパーティーを開催した疑いが持たれています。
News sources: tokyoreporter.com, ANNnewsCH
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