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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.

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