UPDATE: 3 Indicted In Wichita Sex Trafficking Case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Thursday, August 1, 2013

A federal grand jury has indicted three people on charges of running a sex trafficking scheme at nine Asian massage parlors in Wichita.

A six-count indictment returned Wednesday charges owner Gary H. Kidgell, 44, of Waltham, Mass.; Yan Zhang, 49, of Wichita; and employee Xiuqing Tian, 42, of Framingham, Mass., with a conspiracy lasting from 2009 to 2011. They had initially been charged last week in a criminal complaint.

The indictment alleges they recruited women and coerced them into prostitution.

A judge ordered Thursday that Kidgell and Zhang be held until trial, ruling both were flight risks and a danger to the community. It was unclear whether Tian had been arrested.

Lawyers for two defendants did not immediately respond to phone and email messages. The other had no listed attorney.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Federal prosecutors have charged three people in a wide-ranging sex trafficking conspiracy operating at nine Asian massage parlors in Wichita.

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court charges owner Gary H. Kidgell; his wife, Yan Zhang; and employee XiuQing Tian, all of Wichita, with conspiracy to recruit women and coerce them to engage in commercial sex acts.

Court records do not indicate any defense attorneys. The U.S. attorney's office did not know if any have been retained.

The six-count complaint lists four women, identified only by their initials, who were allegedly forced to engage in prostitution.

Prosecutors allege the massage parlors recruited women by placing ads in a Chinese-language newspaper in New York and Los Angeles for women to work at a spa.

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