Massage parlor manager pleads guilty in Kan. case

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A massage parlor manager has admitted in a court document to recruiting a woman living in China to come to Wichita to work at the business and engage in prostitution.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Yan Zhang pleaded guilty Friday to a federal charge of transportation for prostitution under a deal with the government for a recommended sentence of time served.

The 50-year-old Wichita woman has been in jail since her arrest in September. Her plea comes a day after her husband, Gary Kidgell, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and harboring an immigrant living illegally in the United States.

The couple are accused of recruiting women to come to Wichita to work at massage parlors, then coercing them into prostitution.

Sentencing is Aug. 4.

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