29 Mar 2004

Human trafficking legislation to be brought into American Samoa

7:06 am on 29 March 2004

The government in American Samoa is moving to stop human trafficking after signs of the trade came to light in recent investigations.

The most prominent case involved workers employed at the Daewoosa Samoa garment factory.

The factory's owner was found guilty in a federal court in Hawaii of enslaving 200 Vietnamese and Chinese workers

The governor, Togiola Tulafono, says he plans to submit measures to the legislature later this year that would set up statutes to deal with human trafficking so that prosecutions could be brought in American Samoa.