2 Feb 2006

American Samoan call for law against human trafficking

2:50 pm on 2 February 2006

The Office of Territorial and International Criminal Intelligence and Drug Enforcement in American Samoa says the senate needs to make laws to fight human trafficking.

The report by the Office had been requested by the Senate President, Lolo Moliga, on human trafficking and other organised crime in the territory.

The Office director, Mike Sala, says the report recommends changes across a number of agencies to fight crime.

"There are some cases involving Asian people on island. And we don't have the human trafficking laws to address those issues so I recommended to the legislature here to make a law to address the issue of human trafficking in the territory and neighbouring islands."

Mike Sala says the report also looks into the threat of terrorism, drug trafficking and suspect business dealings in the territory.