12 Jan 2015

Two women in American Samoa sentenced over prosititution

6:27 am on 12 January 2015

Two women in American Samoa have been found guilty of promoting prostitution and sentenced to 28 months in prison.

The owner of a bar in Atuu, Faasaina Park, and her second in charge, Lusia Tuai, have been convicted of assault and forcing two women from Samoa to engage in prostitution.

The women's lawyers asked for probative sentences but the prosecution argued the women should receive significant jail terms because their prostitution enterprise was an ongoing activity that started as early as 2010.

According to the prosecution, the enterprise included luring women from other countries under false pretenses to come and work in American Samoa.

The prosecution argued that neither women has taken responsibility for their actions or apologised to their victims.