Feds charge 3 in sex trafficking conspiracy

WICHITA, Kansas (KSN/AP) – Federal prosecutors have charged three people in a wide-ranging sex trafficking conspiracy operating at 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.

The investigation began in 2010 after reports of customers receiving sexual acts in exchange for money at AG Spa, 2260 N. Ridge Road, Suite 150, and at Sun Chi Spa, 1030 E. 1st, both in Wichita.

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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