Woman pleads guilty in Wichita massage parlor sex trafficking case

11/13/2013 12:58 PM

08/08/2014 10:19 AM

A Massachusetts woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge in a case that involved sex trafficking at a Wichita massage parlor.

Xiuqing Tian, Framingham, Mass., pleaded guilty to one count of harboring undocumented workers, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom’s office said.

In her plea, Tian admitted she entered the United States in September 2009 and came to Wichita to work for co-defendants Yan Zhang and Gary Kidgell in their Sun Chi Spa massage business at 1030 E. First St.

After she arrived, Tian was expected by Zhang and Kidgell to perform sexual acts with spa customers. Kidgell and Zhang later opened AG Spa, 2260 N. Ridge Road, where Tian was employed.

While working for Kidgell, Tian helped recruit other Chinese women to work in his massage business, she said in her plea. In January 2011, at Kidgell’s request, she called a woman to recruit her, telling her she would make a lot of money in Wichita.

The woman, who was not a U.S. citizen, came to Wichita and was made to stay at Kidgell’s residence and pay rent.

In September 2010, Sun Chi Spa and AG Spa were two of eight Wichita massage parlors that were targeted by police in a sting for participating in a prostitution ring.

Tian’s sentencing is set for Jan. 29. Kidgell and Zhang are awaiting trial.

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