Man asks for sex trafficking charges against him to be dropped
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) A massage parlor owner accused of sex trafficking in Wichita has asked a judge to dismiss some charges against him.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren scheduled arguments Tuesday afternoon on a defense motion to dismiss two of the most serious counts against Gary H. Kidgell. The defense contends the charges are improper because prosecutors failed to specify in an indictment that the alleged conduct was related to interstate commerce.
Kidgel and his wife, Yan Zhang, are scheduled to go to trial Jan. 14.
They're charged with conspiring to recruit women from around the country to come to Wichita to work at massage parlors, then coercing them into prostitution. A woman who worked for them has pleaded guilty to harboring workers who were in the country illegally.