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Restaurant owner charged with human trafficking

Published On: Apr 17 2013 07:48:44 AM CDT
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KIMBERLY, Wis. -

Authorities said a Kimberly restaurant owner engaged in what amounted to "modern day slavery" when she made a woman work long hours with little pay.

Fifty-one-year-old Yen Meier, owner of Yen's Chinese Buffet, is facing charges of human trafficking in Outagamie County.

A criminal complaint said the alleged victim told police Meier brought her to Kimberly from China after she became pregnant by Meier's brother. The woman says she arrived in the U.S. in December 2011 and was forced to work 12- to 14-hour days, 6 to 7 days a week. She says Meier paid her a total of $50 the entire time she worked at the restaurant.

Fox Valley Metro Officer Scott Van Schyndel told WLUK-TV local police and agents from the Department of Homeland Security arrested Meier Tuesday afternoon.

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