Human Traffic Watch

Human trafficking probe targets Kimberly restaurant owner

In Forced Labor, Human Trafficking on February 2, 2013 at 9:22 am

The owner of a restaurant is the focus of a human trafficking investigation that includes allegations of controlling behaviors, long work hours and the withholding of food from a female worker who came to the U.S. from China, court records show.

The alleged victim, who came to the U.S. in 2011, told police she was free to come and go from the apartment she was provided, “but had no place to go because she knew no one in the United States besides Yen Meier,” a warrant affidavit states.

Police served search warrants Jan. 15 at Meier’s town of Harrison home and two Kimberly houses either owned or rented by Meier. The FBI, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Wisconsin Department of Justice have assisted in the investigation. Investigators are expected to meet with prosecutors next week.

Court documents indicated that the female employee’s statements regarding “the meager wages paid to the workers were later corroborated during the investigation.”

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

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