Former massage parlor owner plans to change plea

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Just days before trial, the former owner of Asian massage parlors in Wichita has notified the court he intends to change his plea in a Kansas sex trafficking case.

A court notation Tuesday shows the change of plea hearing for Gary H. Kidgell, of Waltham (WAWL’-tham), Massachusetts, is set for Thursday.

Kidgell and his wife, Wichita resident Yan Zhang, had been scheduled for trial Monday. Court documents also indicate Zhang has been talking to prosecutors and may change her plea.

An indictment charges both with sex trafficking. One count also charges Kidgell with harboring for financial gain an immigrant who was in the country illegally.

The couple is accused of recruiting women from around the country to come to Wichita to work at massage parlors, then coercing them into prostitution.

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