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WOBURN -- A man and a woman accused of using six massage parlors, including those in Bedford, Billerica and Wilmington as fronts for an "extensive human-trafficking ring,'' are the first suspects to be indicted under the state's new money-laundering law.
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WILMINGTON— On a quiet Monday afternoon, officials broke news of a disquieting discovery.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, Deputy Special Agent Michael Netherland of Homeland Security, and Chief Michael Begonis of Wilmington, Chief Leo Sacco, Jr. of Medford, and Chief James Cormier of Reading, met in Wilmington on Monday afternoon to announce that they had arrested two individuals, Xiu J. Chen, 32, of Medford, and Ronald Keplin, 57, of Woburn. Chen and Keplin are charged with Trafficking of Persons for Sexual Servitude (one count each), Deriving Support from Prostitution (six counts each), and Keeping a House of Ill Fame (six counts each).

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BY DIANE DIMOND

Danielle Douglas had a wonderful Mother’s Day — breakfast out, a trip to the zoo with her husband and two children, snuggly naptime, and the gift of a colorful necklace and brooch.

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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.

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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.

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By Brian Ballou and John R. Ellement, Globe Staff

A routine traffic stop by police in January led to a Dorchester man’s arrest on charges of human trafficking, three decades after he was convicted of raping two women at the Harvard Business School and a third woman in Jamaica Plain, authorities said.

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The owners of two massage parlors, one in Wellesley and the other in Revere, appeared in court Friday in connection with a human trafficking and prostitution investigation. 

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EAST LYME — A Massachusetts man wanted on human trafficking charges was arrested in East Lyme last week after town police tracked him down to a local motel.

Anthony Maness, 37, of Framingham, was taken into custody as a fugitive from justice.

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LAWRENCE — Two local men face charges under a recently enacted state law prohibiting trafficking of humans for sexual purposes.

Paul Molbeck Jr., 22, of 4 Custer St., and John Sabato, 26, of 85 Main St. , North Andover, were among 32 people arrested during a prostitution sting Wednesday. Sabato was also charged with resisting arrest.

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Human trafficking suspects identified

Thursday, 21 June 2012 17:53

LAWRENCE - The two men arrested on charges of "human trafficking for sexual servitude" during a prostitution sweep yesterday have been identified by police.

They are John Sabato, 26, of North Andover, and Paul Molbeck, 22, of Lawrence and formerly of Methuen.

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