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Proposed human trafficking law in American Samoa draws reactions
10 sept. 2013 - RNZI.

A new law in American Samoa has been introduced to the Fono to combat the growing problem of human trafficking.

Authorities say there are many cases of young girls from neighbouring Samoa being exploited.

But the law has attracted criticism, with some concerned it threatens customs, and other laws are already in place to punish crime.

Alex Perrottet reports:

Community groups in Pago-Pago say human trafficking has long been a problem, and people mostly turn a blind eye. Young girls are brought in for domestic chores, usually through family connections, and some end up being trafficked for prostitution. A senator for Manu’a, Galea’i Tu’ufuli, says the problem is driven by foreigners and citizens.

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