A 47-year-old Burnaby man has been arrested and charged with running several brothels in Metro Vancouver.

Jian Feng (Michael) Li is accused of using Craigslist to advertise brothels staffed with women lured from Hong Kong and forced to work as sex slaves.

RCMP say language barriers and the reluctance of some victims to testify made the case hard to investigate.

The brothels allegedly generated about $40,000 a week.