Kan. massage parlor employee staying in jail

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita massage parlor employee accused in a sex trafficking scheme will remain in federal custody pending trial.

Forty-two-year-old Xiuqing Tian (SOO’-chihn TEE’-ahn), of Framingham, Mass., waived her right Wednesday to a detention hearing.

Her defense attorney Kari Schmidt told the court her client has been unable to find a local residence. She agreed with the prosecution’s recommendation that she remain jailed at this time.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Humphreys entered a not guilty plea at the brief arraignment.

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.

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