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WICHITA, Kan. — A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting the harboring of undocumented workers as part of a human trafficking scheme at a Wichita massage parlor.
According to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Wichita, 44-year-old Xiuqing Tian of Framingham, Massachusetts pleaded guilty to one count of harboring undocumented aliens.
In her plea, she admitted that she entered the U.S. in 2009 and came to Wichita with an agreement to work for co-defendants Yan Zhang and Gary Kidgell at their Sun Chi Spa massage business. Tian was encouraged and expected by her co-defendants to perform sex acts with parlor patrons. She reportedly continued in this role when Kidgell and Zhang opened AG Spa.
Tian also helped recruit other Chinese women to work in the massage businesses, providing translation services and conducting interviews of the women. In early 2011, she used a phone to recruit a woman by telling her she would make a lot of money in Wichita. When the woman arrived, she was taken to Kidgell's residence and made to stay there and pay rent.
Sentencing is scheduled for January 29. She faces a maximum of five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000.