Sadly, though, this independence led to Sada’s rape by someone she knew at the age of 14. After this, her behavior grew worse, and she was ultimately sent to a geisha house in the city of Yokohama. What’s more, although she had in the past apparently shown an interest in the ways of this glamorous world, she would later claim that her father had sold her into the profession against her will.
When Sada was growing up, her mother had encouraged her to learn to sing and play music – pursuits that were closely associated with the geisha lifestyle. However, in Yokohama, Sada found herself competing with girls who had been raised in the tradition since birth. Unable to rise through the ranks, then, Sada was tasked with providing sexual services for her clients.
Then sometime in the late 1920s, Sada began suffering from syphilis. Perhaps strangely, though, this did not stop her career progression, and she decided to become a licensed prostitute. Traveling west to Osaka, she found work in a brothel in the city’s Tobita district. However, she soon found herself in trouble once more.