- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A 51-year-old Lawrence man has been convicted on charges accusing him of attempted human trafficking at a massage parlor.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (https://bit.ly/1NcrYAw ) that Chen Li reached a plea deal and pleaded no contest Tuesday to attempted human trafficking and promoting the sale of sexual relations. He was originally charged with aggravated human trafficking and promoting the sale of sexual relations.

He was scheduled for a jury trial Oct. 26.

Assistant Douglas County District Attorney Mark Simpson says women were recruited to work at the massage parlor under the guise of a legitimate job and were then coerced into involuntary sexual services.

In 2013, Li and a co-defendant pleaded no contest to promoting prostitution after a police raid on two massage businesses in Bonner Springs.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com


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