- On Monday, 38-year-old Long Van was arrested in Wichita, Kansas during an investigation into sex trafficking
- Van is a registered sex offender from a 2017 charge of sexual exploitation of a child
- Social media users have been calling for a boycott of his parent’s Vietnamese restaurant My Tho
On Thursday, residents in Wichita, Kansas began saying they were going to boycott a local Vietnamese restaurant My Tho following the arrest of one of their employs for human trafficking.
What We Know
Local media reported 38-year-old Long Van was arrested on Monday during an investigation into sex trafficking. Van is charged with a probation violation and aggravated human trafficking. He is currently being held on a $350,000 bond at the Sedgwick County Jail. It is believed the victim is under 18 years of age.
Wichita Police Department spokesperson Charlie Davidson told KAKE that during an ongoing investigation “investigators obtained probable cause to believe he was involved in sex trafficking.” Van was arrested in the 500 block of East Central. His parents’ restaurant My Tho is located at 500 East Central, but it is not clear if that is where he was taken into custody.
Van Long Is A Registered Sex Offender
Kansas Department of Corrections shows Van has been in trouble for a similar crime in the past. In 2017, Van was charged with criminal sexual exploitation of a child between the age of 14 and 18. Van was sentenced to probation in December 2018 and is currently a registered sex offender in the State of Kansas since October 24, 2018.
When news broke on social media, people were quick to say they would no longer frequent My Tho. Many believe Van to be the owner of the Vietnamese restaurant. Discuss spoke with an employee of the restaurant who confirmed Van is not the owner. His parents own the restaurant and Van only works there. Nobody from the restaurant was available for comment.