16 Oct 2006

Two charged with trafficking in American Samoa plead not guilty at Federal Court in Hawaii

11:47 am on 16 October 2006

Two Chinese defendants charged by the US government with importing women from China and forcing them to work as prostitutes in a karaoke bar they ran in American Samoa, have entered pleas of not guilty.

Shengji Wang and Fu Sheng Kuo were arraigned in the Honolulu federal district

on two counts each of sex trafficking.

The trial date has been set for December 5, but it is very likely to be postponed until January.

After their court appearance, the defendants were returned to the federal detention center near Honolulu International Airport where they are being held without bail.