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CASE NAME:United States v. Kil Soo Lee
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Kil Soo Lee, Virginia Soliari, Robert Atimalala
CITATION:
DOCKET NUMBER:101-cr-00132-SOM-BMK
SOURCE:DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, Lexis Search, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
RELATED CASE CITATION:Nguyen, et al v. Daewoosa Samoa Ltd., et al, CA No. 133-99; Shunzhe et al v. Daewoosa Samoa, Ltd et al, CA No. 68-99
TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Susan Oki Mollway
YEAR OF ARREST:2001
YEAR OF VERDICT:2003
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Hawaii
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:200 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female and Male
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Vietnam; China; United States (American Samoa)
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):5
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Cothing/Garment Industry, Factory Worker
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to deny approximately 250 Vietnamese and Chinese garment workers the right to be free from involuntary servitude.
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 241
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Holding workers to a condition of involuntary servitude
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1584; 18 USC 1594
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Holding workers to a condition of involuntary servitude
THIRD CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1584; 18 USC 1594
THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FOURTH CHARGE:Holding workers to a condition of involuntary servitude
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1584; 18 USC 1594
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FOURTH CHARGE SENTENCE:
FIFTH CHARGE:Holding workers to a condition of involuntary servitude
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 USC 1584; 18 USC 1594
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
FIFTH CHARGE SENTENCE:
CORE TERMS:Additional charges for holding workers in condition of involuntary servitude (Counts 6-18); 18 U.S.C. 1584 and 18 U.S.C. 1594 - guilty verdict on 7 of these counts <br> <br>Extortion in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1951- guilty verdict. <br> <br>Money laundering in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1956(a)(1)(A)(i) - guilty verdict. <br> <br>Making a false statement to a financial institution in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1014 - dismissed on government motion. <br> <br>Bribery of a bank official in violation of 18 U.S.C. 215(a)(1)
SENTENCING OPINION CITATION:No. CR-01-00132-SOM
LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:480 months
RESTITUTION REQUIRED:$1,826,087.94
FINE IMPOSED:$1400 ($100 per conviction)
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:472 F.3d 638 (2006)
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:
SUMMARY:

Kil Soo Lee operated a garment factory in American Samoa, at which he enslaved more than 250 workers, mostly young women from Vietnam and China.  Workers paid Defendant between $4000 and $8000 for their work contracts.  They were locked for 12-18 hour days, 7 days a week, in a secured compound surrounded by barbed wire and guards.  Pay, which was intermittently withheld, was $1.22-$2.25 an hour (depending on the news report), from which expenses such as room and board were deducted. 

The workers' living conditions were provided by Defendants and were squalid.  The workers slept in rat- and cockroach-infested dormitories, often two to each 36-inch wide bed.  The facilities were dirty.  The food provided to the workers was inadequate and prepared in an unsanitary kitchen.

Lee enforced discipline with threats of deportation; beatings, starvation, sexual assaults, false arrests, and exploitative debt repayment schemes.  Enforcement was carried out by guards at the compound.

Approval Status:Approved
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