SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The former owner of a Shreveport massage parlor must serve 18 months in prison at hard labor after pleading guilty to charges of human trafficking.
Linan Tian, 35, pleaded guilty this week in Caddo District Court.
A judge also has ordered Tian forfeit more than $17,000, two vehicles, cell phones, computers and tablets seized during the investigation.
And his wife, 31-year-old BingBing Li, was sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of money laundering.
The two were arrested last year as part of a multi-state human trafficking and money-laundering investigation of a scheme involving massage parlors in Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alabama in which female immigrants were enticed from China, trafficked from the East Coast and forced to provide services or labor under use or threat of force, fraud or coercion.
The couple operated Palm Massage parlor in the 1900 block of East 70th Street in Shreveport as well as similar massage parlors in the 2100 block of Old Minden Road in Bossier City and in other states, including Missouri.
Tian remains in Caddo Correctional Center, where he was booked early the morning of July 21, 2017.
Li is out of jail after being given credit for time served after her arrest.