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 including6 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 thatshut down massage parlors in Bedford, Billerica, Medford, Reading, Wilmington and Woburn.
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Attorney General Martha Coakley's office told the Sunthat the parlors include Bedford Asian Bodywork, also known as BedfordWellness 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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