Jonesboro Restaurant Owner Accused of Rape & Human Trafficking

JONESBORO, Ark. ( - A local restaurant owner is facing charges of rape and human trafficking. 

Hexin Chen, 45, faces 10 to 40 years or life in prison for the charge of rape, and 6 to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000 for each charge of trafficking of persons, if convicted. 

“Chen was originally arrested on the charge of rape, after further investigation by Jonesboro Police Department, it was determined that there were two individuals employed at Chen’s restaurant whose status we believe meets the criteria for violation of human trafficking statutes,” says Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington.  

According to the police report, the alleged rape happened “on or about December 27, 2017.” 

“A person violates human trafficking laws when they knowingly recruit, harbor, transport, obtain, entice, solicit, isolate, provide, or maintain a person knowing that the person will be subjected to involuntary servitude; or he benefitted financially or by receiving anything of value from participation in a venture,” the prosecutor’s office says.

Prosecuting Attorney Ellington and Jonesboro Police Department Detective Bill Brown ask that if anyone else has been a victim of trafficking in this case to contact Detective Brown at (870) 935-6710. 

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