"Wang and Kuo, along with several co-defendants, operated a scheme to recruit and import Chinese women and hold them in prostitution in nightclubs and brothels in American Samoa. Upon arrival, the victims, who were unpaid, were denied access to their passports and return airline tickets, and were denied the opportunity to leave until they had paid off increasing debts."

"Five defendants have pleaded guilty in this case. In April 2007, two co-defendants, Kueiling Chen and Lili Zhang, both Chinese nationals, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to transport women in foreign commerce for purposes of prostitution, based on their roles in the same scheme. In August 2007, defendant Iona Uiagalelei, of American Samoa, pled guilty to using intimidation and threats to persuade witnesses to provide false testimony during the human trafficking investigation. In September 2007, Zhang was sentenced to 11 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release, and Chen to six months imprisonment and three years of supervised release. Uiagalelei is scheduled to be sentenced in Hawaii on Jan. 7, 2008."

Two Chinese Nationals Sentenced for Sex Trafficking Charges in American Samoa, Reuters, 4 January 2008


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