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Posted: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 11:39 AM HST

New American Samoa law fights human trafficking

By Associated Press

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) American Samoa's anti-human trafficking measure will take effect in June after the acting governor signed it into law last week.

Acting Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga says the legislation will allow the government to investigate and prosecute those who would exploit others.

Mauga noted there have been human trafficking cases in American Samoa in the past. He says victims aren't limited by age, gender, ethnicity, nationality or village.

A decade ago, the South Korean owner of the now defunct Daewoosa Samoa garment factory and three Samoan employees were convicted of enslaving more than 200 workers from Vietnam, most of them women.

More recently, an American Samoan man was accused of bringing three women to the territory from neighboring Samoa and forcing them to perform sex acts on him.

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