23 Jun 2005

Former Daewoosa factory owner to be sentenced today

10:27 am on 23 June 2005

The owner of the now closed Daewoosa Samoa garment factory, Kil Soo Lee, will be sentenced in a Hawaii court today.

His sentencing comes two years after his conviction on charges of enslaving more than 200 Asians workers at the factory.

He was convicted on 14 counts including conspiracy, involuntary servitude, extortion and money laundering, but was acquitted on four counts, one of which was bribery.

Lee has remained in jail since his arrest in Pago Pago in March 2001

Federal officials have described the case as the biggest human trafficking case ever prosecuted on US soil.