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Friday, July 15, 2016

Wichita Man Sentenced In Massage Parlor Prostitution Case

WICHITA, KAN. - A Wichita man was sentenced Friday to 18 months in federal prison in a massage parlor prostitution case, Acting U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.

In April, a federal jury found defendant Kay Tee, 51, Wichita, Kan., guilty on one count of attempting to entice a person to cross state lines to engage in prostitution, one count of using a telephone in furtherance of prostitution and one count of money laundering.

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Tee was arrested May 28, 2015, at the airport in Wichita when he drove there to pick up a person he believed was buying a Wichita massage parlor that was a front for prostitution. In fact, the person Tee had talked with several times on the phone was one of two undercover informants working with federal investigators. In recorded conversations, Tee identified the extent of sexual services various parlors were performing and explained how he had helped other individuals establish parlors in Wichita.

Tee tried to collect fees from both undercover informants – one posing as a buyer and the other as a seller – in return for helping to arrange the sale. He also offered to provide additional services in exchange for additional compensation, including advertising on Backpage.com, filing city paperwork and doing taxes for the massage parlor. Examples of Tee’s advertisements on Backpage.com were presented at trial.

Beall commended the Wichita Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart for their work on the case.

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Human Trafficking
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Updated July 15, 2016