Breaking News

Woman pleads guilty in Kansas sex trafficking case

Updated: 2013-11-13T20:07:59Z

— A Massachusetts woman has admitted harboring workers who were in the country illegally as part of a human trafficking operation in Asian massage parlors in Kansas.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 44-year-old Xiuqing Tian of Framingham, Mass., acknowledged in her plea deal Wednesday that she entered the United States illegally in 2009.

Tian said she came to Wichita to work for her former employers and co-defendants, Gary Kidgell and his wife, Yan Zhang. She admitted the couple encouraged her to perform sexual acts for patrons of two massage parlors where she worked.

Prosecutors say Tian helped recruit other Chinese women to work at the massage parlors and provided translation services.

Tian agreed to testify against her former employers at their Dec. 3 trial.

The Associated Press

Deal Saver Subscribe today!

Comments

The Kansas City Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Kansas City Star uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here