16 Aug 2005

American Samoa senate proposes law banning human trafficking

7:12 am on 16 August 2005

A measure making human trafficking and involuntary servitude a crime in American Samoa has been introduced in the territory's Senate.

Currently American Samoa has no specific laws dealing with this issue although Governor Togiola Tulafono has been talking about submitting such legislation for two years.

This measure comes four years after Daewoosa Samoa owner Kil Soo Lee was arrested and charged with human trafficking and involuntary servitude.

The federal government accused Lee of enslaving, threatening and sometime beating more than 200 imported Asian workers - who were mainly female workers from Vietnam - at the now closed garment factory.