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Kan. massage parlor employee seeks jail release

Published on -9/11/2013, 1:03 PM

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- A Wichita massage parlor employee accused in a sex trafficking scheme is scheduled to return to federal court for a detention hearing.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys will also arraign 42-year-old Xiuqing Tian, of Framingham, Mass., at Wednesday's hearing. At this early stage of the federal proceedings the only plea the magistrate judge can accept is not guilty.

Tian is accused of conspiring with Gary H. Kidgell and his wife, Yan Zhang, to recruit women from around the country to come to Wichita to work at Asian massage parlors, then coercing them into prostitution. Their trial is set for October.

Investigators who raided the parlors reportedly found ads in a Chinese-language newspaper in New York, Chicago and San Francisco offering "massage parlor hiring" in Kansas.

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