Owners of Chinese restaurant accused of keeping employees in basement of home
May 22, 2014
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The owners of a Chinese restaurant are accused of keeping employees in the basement of a home on Churchdown Lane and forcing them work long shifts with “limited freedoms.”
Ming Wen Chen, 42, was arrested on a charge of human trafficking on May 21.
Officers investigating the case conducted searches at the home in the 2100 block of Churchdown Lane and at the Golden Palace Buffet located at 161 Outer Loop.
According to the arrest report, police discovered that the employees of the restaurant were working 12 hour shifts, six days a week with limited breaks. They also found that the employees were living in the basement of the home and traveled to the restaurant in a van with wooden benches, the report says.
A co-defendant was named in the report, but it is not clear if that person has been arrested.