American Samoa’s Office of Immigration raided
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — American Samoa’s Office of Immigration has been raided by law enforcement officials seeking evidence of human trafficking.
Lt. John Cendrowski of the Office of Territorial and International Criminal Intelligence and Drug Enforcement says the agency is suspected of helping to illegally bring Asians into the U.S. territory through neighboring Samoa.
Cendrowski says hundreds of human trafficking victims from China, the Philippines and South Korea may have reached American Samoa from May to Dec. 15.
He said in a search warrant executed Thursday that many are women are apparently being used by a prostitution ring that is plaguing the South Pacific.
Cendrowski says one Chinese man who wanted to reach the U.S. told investigators he paid $20,000 to get to American Samoa.