Man and woman charged for operating human trafficking ring

A man and a woman were indicted on charges of operating an extensive human trafficking ring. (Credit: Thinkstock)
A man and a woman were indicted on charges of operating an extensive human trafficking ring.                          (Credit: Thinkstock)

A man and a woman appeared in a Woburn court Wednesday to face charges of running an  ”extensive human-trafficking ring’ out of a string of massage parlors.

Xiu J. Chen, 32, of Medford, and Ronald Keplin, 57, of Woburn were indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury and are facing charges including 6 counts of trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, 6 counts of conspiracy to traffic persons for sexual servitude, and deriving support from prostitution, the Lowell Sun reports. 

They are facing additional charges of money laundering and keeping a house of ill fame.

The arrests of Chen and Keplin came after a seven-month investigation that shut down massage parlors in Bedford, Billerica, Medford, Reading, Wilmington and Woburn.

Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office told the Sun that the parlors include Bedford Asian Bodywork, also known as Bedford Wellness Center; Billerica Bodywork, also known as Shrine Spa and the Boston Chinese Club; Body Language in Wilmington; Mystic Health Center in Medford; Body Wellness Center in Reading; and Woburn Wellness Bodywork, also known as Asian Bodywork.

The sex workers, who were mostly Asian, were kept in conditions described as “deplorable,” said Coakley.

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