A year-old Quincy man, who has admitted being an errand runner for an Asian prostitution ring operating in Boston and its nearby suburbs, was sentenced this week to 15 months in prison.
Dong Kai Chen is one of five defendants charged in a scheme that lured Asian women from New York and California, among other places, to come to Massachusetts and work as prostitutes in Boston and suburbs including Stoneham, Wellesley, Malden, Burlington, and Newton. Prosecutors said some of the women who were in the US illegally were threatened with legal exposure or physical abuse if they did not work in the brothels.
Customers were recruited through offering the services of Asian women that ran in the Boston Phoenix and Craigslist, the indictment said.
I have a good heart. I am truly repentant. Chen had faced a maximum of 27 months in prison.
He pleaded guilty several months ago to a single count of conspiracy. Federal prosecutors portrayed Chen as the one who picked up women arriving at South Station or Logan Airport, deposited large amounts of cash at banks, and delivered bed linens, towels, food, and condoms to prostitutes at various locations.
Chen, who immigrated here from Guangdong province, became a US citizen a few years ago, Peabody said. The fifth defendant in this case, Yu En Jin, is portrayed as a driver and errand runner by prosecutors. Jing Liang Chen and Liu have pleaded guilty for their role in the conspiracy, while Wei and Jin have pleaded not guilty.
Two years ago, as part of one of the largest child prostitution cases brought by federal prosecutors in Massachusetts, two Boston men were each sentenced to 25 years in prison for their role in sex trafficking of minors, including brutally abusing them if they did not cooperate. Patricia Wen can be reached at wen globe. to a Friend.
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