Chinese hostesses arrested over charges they robbed customer after Tokyo booze binge

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 November, 2016, 8:49pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 November, 2016, 9:20pm

Police in Tokyo have arrested two Chinese women on suspicion of getting a customer at the hostess bar where they worked so drunk that he was not able to stop them from taking 190,000 yen (US$1,739) from his wallet at the end of the evening.

Police are questioning the two women – named by the ANN television news channel as Rin Ka-ling, 31, and Oe Tay, 26 – on suspicion they were also behind a series of similar incidents over the past five months.

Television footage showed ­police escorting the two women out of the bar in the Akabane district of northwest Tokyo. Officers from the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department are investigating allegations the two women plied a 41-year-old customer with spirits before leaving the bar with him. Once outside, the women allegedly took the contents of the man’s wallet.

Police sources said the two women have denied the allegations and claim that they “do not recall” encouraging the man to drink so much alcohol that he was impaired.

There have been six reports of similar robberies targeting drunk hostess bar patrons in the Akabane district since June and police are questioning the suspects in connection with those crimes as well.

Earlier this year, police raided a network of Chinese hostess clubs in Tokyo’s upmarket Ginza district as part of a wide-ranging investigation into customers losing money after drinking.

Police estimate that more than 200 people fell victim to the scam, in which drunk patrons had their credit cards taken. The cards were then used to pay for drinks and services that were never provided at nearby establishments that were also part of the ring.

Tokyo police have in recent months also been carrying out a broad clampdown on hostess clubs employing Chinese minors, students without working visas and other undocumented illegal immigrants.