by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Testimony was presented to jurors today detailing how numerous Chuukese women were held hostage and forced to perform sexual acts to work off their debts. The prosecution continues to present its case against former Blue House Lounge owner Song Cha, who faces numerous charges of sex trafficking.
A witness, through an interpreter, explained how girls would fly to Guam because they were told they would be working at a restaurant. Instead, the girls were forced to please customers and perform sexual acts if they demanded. Those who didn't were not allowed to eat and were forced to clean. The girls were allegedly told that they must pay off their debt to Cha, who purchased their passports, airline tickets and gave money to their families in Chuuk.
The witness who took the stand this morning said she didn't owe Cha anything and despite working at the lounge and performing sexual acts, she was never paid. Cha sat at the defense table with her attorney and an interpreter watching her former employees detail her alleged actions.
The trial continues on Friday.