Westborough – Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. released this statement this afternoon:
Ten men, charged with sexual conduct for a fee, were arraigned in Westborough District Court today as part of a prostitution sting conducted by the State Police and local police departments, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
Last night, the Massachusetts State Police High Risk Victim Unit, in collaboration with the Northborough, Shrewsbury, Westborough and Southborough police departments, executed a sting operation in an effort to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation of women. The sting was at the Econo Lodge, 380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough.
“The focus of this operation was to attack the demand side of human trafficking, where we too often see women forced into prostitution,” Mr. Early said.
January 2017 was designated by President Barak Obama as Human Trafficking Month. January 11th was proclaimed Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Massachusetts to spread awareness of commercial sexual exploitation.
The men were arraigned before Judge Dennis Sargent.
Yu Kang, 46, of Westborough had his case continued without a finding for three months.
The other defendants pleaded not guilty. Their cases were continued for pre-trial conferences and they were released on personal recognizance. They are: Kenny Leng, 24, Shrewsbury; Joseph Maiocchi, 53, of Marlborough; Christopher Sullivan, 43, of Westborough; Goutham Uppuluri, 28, of Westborough; Matthew Waters, 37, of Milford; Anthony Veloso, 39, of Worcester; Mark Svendbye, 54, of Framingham; Anand Vaidyanathan, 43, of Shrewsbury; and Farley Brito, 33, of Marlborough.