4 Sep 2013

Proposal to make human trafficking a crime in American Samoa

1:33 pm on 4 September 2013

American Samoa's lead prosecutor says trafficking of girls from Samoa is a growing problem, but there is no law against it.

The Deputy Assistant Attorney General Mitzie Jessop says United States citizens living in American Samoa sponsor the girls to work in their homes and not enough is done to help them avoid being abused.

Several government officials have voiced support for a new measure to criminalise human trafficking and involuntary servitude as a Class B felony.

The new legislation would also create a task force to review policies on the new crime.

Ms Jessop says the majority of human trafficking cases involves young females from Samoa.