You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe


Major sex ring broken, police say

WILMINGTON — Authorities say they believe they have smashed a widespread sex trafficking ring that lured women from across the Eastern seaboard into a nightmare of working as prostitutes every day at massage parlors and spas in Massachusetts while they lived in squalor.

The end to the operation, in which women were allegedly bused into the Commonwealth from out of state and forced into sexual slavery north of Boston, is believed to have come with the arrests Monday by State Police and federal agents of Xiu J. Chen, 32, of Medford, and Ronald ­Keplin, 57, of Woburn.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week