Accused sex trafficker says lack of oversight in Wichita

Published On: Sep 27 2013 11:54:40 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 27 2013 12:04:53 PM CDT

We're learning more about why Wichita was at the center of a sex trafficking operation involving massage parlors.

FactFinder 12 Investigators have learned the people police say were responsible were drawn to Wichita by a lack of oversight on such businesses.

A 20-page federal complaint outlines the ways in which local massage parlors recruited women and forced them into sex.  And it says Wichita was a choice location to set up shop.

According to the complaint, massage parlor owner Gary Kidgell told a detective he and his wife moved here from California and started a massage business because they learned of "Wichita's lack of massage parlor regulations."

FactFinder 12 looked into Wichita's rules for massage businesses.  City ordinance requires a business be licensed. And its owners must be of "good moral character."
All employees who perform massage services are required to get a yearly permit from the city.  They must also provide proof of at least 150 hours of training.

The city ordinance specifically says there can be no sexual contact.

So is this a question of enforcement? 

The Investigators called the Wichita Police Department's vice squad for answers.  Count on us to follow up and tell you what police say.