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CASE NAME:United States v. Cha
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Song Ja Cha (“Ms. Cha”), In Han Cha (“Mr. Cha”), Freda Eseun, Saknin A. Weria
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DOCKET NUMBER:08-CR-00008
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Dean D. Pregerson
YEAR OF ARREST:2008
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TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:Guam
FEDERAL DISTRICT:District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult and Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:9 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Federated States of Micronesia (Chuuk)
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
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NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):4
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Restaurant/Bar Industry
FIRST CHARGE:Sex trafficking and coercion
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
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SECOND CHARGE:Enticement to travel for the purpose of prostitution
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APPEAL:Yes
EXPLANATION OF APPEAL:Appealed Judgment
APPELLATE OPINION CITATION:597 F.3d 995
HOLDING OF APPEALS COURT:Affirm
APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:

Guam police officers received a report from a woman, S.S., who said that the defendant Ms. Cha, the owner of a karaoke bar ("The Blue House Lounge"), had S.S.'s passport and refused to return it. The woman also said that two of her cousins, S.S.(2) and D.R., were being held inside the bar against their will. Police officers went to the bar to investigate and found one cousin in a back room with a man whose pants were “barely on.” When the police officer spoke to the two women outside they began crying and reported that they had been prostituted against their will. Ms. Cha had confiscated their passports and refused to feed them unless they had sex with customers.

Cha and her co-defendants were charged with a conspiracy to recruit approximately 9 victims from Micronesia- mostly poor and uneducated, and including one 16-year-old girl- to come to the United States. Once in the United States, Cha forced the victims to work in "VIP" sex rooms for 12 to 14 hours per day.

Sentencing has been schedule for 09/01/11.

Approval Status:Approved
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