Sadly, this independence resulted in Sada’s rape at the age of 14. After this, her behavior grew worse, and she was eventually sent to a geisha house in the city of Yokohama. Although she had apparently shown an interest in the ways of this glamorous world in the past, she would later claim that her father sold her into the profession against her will.
Growing up, Sada’s 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, Sada was tasked with providing sexual services for her clients.
Then, some time in the late 1920s, Sada began suffering from syphilis. Strangely, that did not stop her career progression, and eventually 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.