Merced,CA- A murder that took place in February of 2017 when the body of a 30-year-old Chinese immigrant was found in a trash bin behind Dollar tree alley on G st and Olive avenue in Merced ended Friday with the arrest of a 50-year-old San Francisco man in a case that involved romantic entanglements and human trafficking.

The deceased Lijun Wang came to the United States from China a year before her murder she did favors as a prostitute to pay off her debt to the people who helped pay her way across the Pacific Ocean. A three-month investigation led police to William Li, a 50 year-old auto mechanic who lives in San Francisco and works in San Mateo. Li also is involved in a group of human traffickers.She was a victim of human trafficking brought here to work in the sex trade.

Li is tied to “the organized crime” group in which Wang was working as a prostitute. Police declined to say how Wang was killed. Li was taken into custody Friday afternoon in San Mateo and transported to Merced. He was interviewed by police briefly on Friday and denied killing Wang.

He was booked into the Merced County Jail without bail on suspicion of murder. The case will be turned over to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office for review.

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