CHINA — The world’s most notorious sex tourism operator has been busted by Japanese investigators for allegedly raping and killing at least 200 men, according to a report released on Wednesday.
The report said the company, called Ring of Fire, is based in the Japanese city of Osaka and operates out of an office in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo.
Its members allegedly raped, tortured and killed dozens of men and boys, it said.
The victims ranged in age from 14 to 59.
A group of Japanese prosecutors said in a statement that the group was responsible for the deaths, which they described as the most serious such incident in Japanese history.
Japan has strict rules on sex tourism, including strict prohibitions on the sexual activity of foreigners and a ban on foreigners from having sex with Japanese men.
The practice is still widespread and legal in Japan, which has about 200 million people.
A spokesman for Ring of Flame, who would not give his name for security reasons, declined to comment.
The company did not respond to a request for comment.
Ring of Fire is the largest sex tourism business in Japan.
It said it has paid more than 5.6 million people more than $20 million.
The company’s spokesman did not return messages seeking comment.
The Tokyo District Prosecutors’ Office said in the report that the investigation was ongoing.
The Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare said in its own statement that it was looking into the report.
The ministry did not provide further details.