Malden Woman, Others Arrested for Sex Slavery

Wenjie Dong, 49, of Malden, was arrested Thursday night and faces arraignment Friday for charges of sex trafficking and keeping a house of prostitution.

MALDEN, MA -- Officials arrested three people for charges related to sex slavery in six Massachusetts and New Hampshire towns Thursday, arresting three people. 

Wenjie Dong, 49, of Malden, was arrested Thursday night and faces arraignment Friday for charges of sex trafficking and keeping a house of prostitution.

Two others, Zhen Lai, 37, of Quincy and Joseph Girouard, 55, of Revere, were also arrested and face similar charges. 

The investigation by state and federal officials centers around Asian massage parlors and allegations of prostitution and human sex trafficking, according to Boston.com. 

Investigators were in Malden, Revere, Quincy, Kingston and Wellesley, Mass., Thursday, and Manchester, N.H.

The owners of massage parlors in Wellesley and Revere were arrested Thursday in connection with human trafficking and prostitution, according to a press release from Attorney General Martha Coakley's office. 

Officials say Sun Spa (also known as Sun Studio) in Wellesley, owned by Lai and Girouard, and Bodywork in Revere, also owned by the men, had masseuses who allegedly offered sexual activity in exchange for cash tips. 

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Search warrants were executed at both massage parlors Thursday, according to the press release. 

Lai and Girouard are being charged with one count of sex trafficking and keeping a house of ill fame, the AG's press release said. Lai will be arrainged in Dedham District Court Friday, while Girouard will be arraigned Friday in Chelsea District Court.  

J.longbow October 20, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Well, you cant say they're part of the "47 percent"
david mokal October 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Holy Crapazoids ! This is like steppin into a barrell of vipers! Hey did anyone get shot yet? OOPs weekend aint over yet.
Meggle October 21, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Human trafficking is disgusting, especially when it involves sex trafficking. It's not uncommon -- there are a lot of people worldwide who are slaves, estimated between 12 and 27 million. Even in the US, if you have the money, you can essentially buy a person for domestic help or sexual gratification. 17,500 people are trafficked into the US each year. 3/4ths of all people forced into slavery in the world are women and half of them are -children-. The victims are often lured into the country under false pretenses, have their passports and means of communications stolen, and are kept under close guard with little chance of escape -- and no knowledge of what resources are available to them to escape. This can happen and does happen anywhere, especially where people have the cash to commit such a heinous crime. It will happen no matter where you move, so long as there are people who think a person's freedom has a price tag.


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