Crime & Courts

August 4, 2014

Wichita woman sentenced in massage parlor sex case

A woman who managed Wichita massage parlors was sentenced Monday to supervised release after previously pleading guilty to transporting a Chinese woman to work as a prostitute.

A woman who managed Wichita massage parlors was sentenced Monday to supervised release after previously pleading guilty to transporting a Chinese woman to work as a prostitute.

Yan Zhang, 50, was sentenced to five years of supervised release, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.

Zhang admitted in her guilty plea that in 2009 she lured Xinqing Tian from China to move to Wichita to work at two massage parlors.

Zhang and her husband, Gary Kidgell, owned and managed the massage parlors. Kidgell pleaded guilty to various federal charges and is set for sentencing Aug. 22.

In her plea, Zhang said after marrying Kidgell in 2004 she became familiar with operating massage parlors as fronts for prostitution in San Francisco and Phoenix. The couple moved in 2009 to Wichita, where they set up the parlor on First Street.

Tian arrived in the United States in 2009 and was soon brought from Massachusetts to Wichita by Zhang. Tian, 44, pleaded guilty in November to harboring illegal immigrants and was sentenced in January to two years of supervised release.

In May, Kidgell pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and harboring an immigrant living illegally in the United States. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors agreed to drop sex trafficking charges.

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