Woman pleads guilty in Kansas sex trafficking case

11/13/2013 2:07 PM

11/13/2013 2:07 PM

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.

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