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article imageU.S. Embassy Warns Visitors in Roppongi, Tokyo

By Rhonda Straw     Mar 23, 2009 in World
Roppongi is an area in Minato, Tokyo that is host to nightlife, including hostess bars. The area is attractive to business professionals, and students.
Roppongi is known for it's nightlife, attracting off duty servicemen, students and business professionals. It houses strip clubs with caucasian performers, one is the famous "7th Heaven". Roppongi has upscale American restaurants, such as TGI Fridays. It is the home of "hostess bars", where men pay to chat with women. Attractive nightlife, activity and good times for all.
With all the activity and nightlife in the area, there is a warning. U. S. Embassy in Japan, has warned Americans to avoid the bars and clubs in Roppongi. There has been an upsurge in the reports of drug-mixed beverages.
The victim drinks the spiked beverage, and is unconscious for hours. During that time, the victim's credit card is stolen outright, and used significantly during this time. The victim wakes to find thousands of dollars charged on their credit card. The victim wakes up in either the bar, or on the street.
Tokyo police say that no claims have been filed about this incident in the past few weeks. U. S. Embassy is unable to confirm how many cases have occurred.
There are some tips on what to do before going abroad, to help avoid problems occurring. Research the area. Try to learn a few phrases in the dialect where you are staying. If you are a white female, be aware of areas where skin color "sticks out". Don't wear a hair style that attracts attackers, such as a pony tail.
The illicit drugs used commonly for drink spiking are Ecstacy, LSD, Fantasy, (also known as Liquid Ecstacy or GHB), Ketamine and other party drugs. GHB is one of the more dangerous, due to the fact that it cannot be slept off,and causes breathing problems.
Prescription drugs commonly used in drink spiking are: benzodiazepines, barbiturates, muscle relaxants and hypnotics-such as Serapax, Valium and Rohypnol. Rohypnol now has a reputation as being one of the most common prescription drugs used in drink spiking cases.
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