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Wichita Massage Parlor Owner Sentenced on Federal Prostitution Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

WICHITA, KAN. - A Wichita massage parlor owner was sentenced Wednesday to time served (10 months) for trying to recruit a Chinese-speaking woman to perform sexual services at a massage parlor in Wichita, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. She also will serve five years on federal supervised release.

Ping Liu, 44, Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of attempted coercion and enticement to prostitution. In her plea, she admitted that during a phone conversation conducted in Mandarin Chinese she arranged for a woman posing as a job applicant from New York to come to Wichita to work at Q Massage, 3833 W. 13th in Wichita. Liu told the applicant that the job included providing sexual services to customers. Liu told the applicant she would pick her up at the airport in Wichita.

In her plea, Liu also admitted twice offering to perform sexual services for undercover Wichita police officers who came to the massage parlor posing as customers.

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

Updated January 27, 2016

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Human Trafficking
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