Competency hearing set in sex trafficking case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A judge has scheduled a mental competency hearing for a woman accused of sex trafficking at Asian massage parlors in Wichita.

A federal court notation entered Tuesday shows an April 24 hearing for Wichita resident Yan Zhang.

The trial for Zhang and her husband, Gary H. Kidgell, of Waltham, Mass., has been in limbo since January. Zhang’s attorney requested the mental health evaluation on the day their trial was to have begun in January.

They are charged with sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. One count also charges Kidgell with harboring an immigrant who was unlawfully in the country.

The couple is accused of recruiting women from around the country to come to Wichita to work at massage parlors, then coercing them into prostitution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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