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Samoans treated as "slaves" by relatives
17-03-2014 - SamoaObserver.

American Samoa's Deputy Attorney General, Mitzie Jessop, says the majority of human trafficking victims in the territory are citizens from Samoa.

She claims they are being mistreated by their Pago-based relatives. Ms. Jessop says that culture, which should have stopped this from happening, has been hijacked.

"Unfortunately we do have people here that are taking advantage of that situation,” she said.

“They're adulterating our culture so that they are using their own family members as slaves to do their domestic work without compensating them and without taking care of them."

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