1 May 2006

American Samoa to launch education programme to help prevent human trafficking

6:25 am on 1 May 2006

A programme to educate residents about human trafficking is to be launched in American Samoa.

The executive director of the Office of Territorial and International Criminal Intelligence and Drug Enforcement, Deputy Commissioner Mike Sala said the outreach program is the first series of community visits targeting villages referred to as 'hot spots'.


The US Department of Justice, which is funding the programme, describes human trafficking as a "form of modern-day slavery," where traffickers often prey on individuals who are poor and frequently unemployed.


American Samoa is one of the 21 task forces established across the country to combat human trafficking in the United States.