Jury selection set for Kansas sex trafficking trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The federal trial of a couple accused of sex trafficking at Asian massage parlors in Wichita is expected to last all week.

Jury selection was scheduled to begin Monday afternoon for the trial of Gary H. Kidgell, of Waltham (WAWL'-tham), Mass., and his wife, Wichita resident Yan Zhang.

An indictment charges them of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. One count also charges Kidgell with harboring for financial gain an immigrant who was in the country unlawfully.

Kidgell and Zhang are accused of recruiting women from around the country to come to Wichita to work at massage parlors, then coercing them into prostitution. A woman who worked for them has pleaded guilty to a harboring count.

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