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WI Restaurant Owner Faces Human Trafficking Charges

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A Kimberly, Wisconsin restaurant owner has been accused of human trafficking. Yen S. Meier, owner of Yen's Chinese Buffet, is facing charges that could bring 50 years of jail time, and potentially a federal investigation. According to local news outlet the Post-Crescent, the case began as a missing person's investigation when the alleged victim fled the area and left her young child behind. According to the complaint, Meier brought the alleged victim to Wisconsin from China when she became pregnant by Meier's brother. After leaving the Kimberly area, the alleged victim contacted the police through a lawyer, and reported that Meier took her documentation, withheld food, and forced her to work 12-14 hour shifts at the restaurant six or seven days a week, and did not pay her. In the approximate year and a half she worked at Yen's Chinese Buffet, she claims she received only $50. Below, the Post-Crescent's video footage from Meier's court appearance.

Video: Human trafficking suspect appears in court

· Kimberly restaurant owner charged with human trafficking [PC via AP]
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Yen's Chinese Buffet

700 E Maes Ave, Kimberly, WI 54136

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