by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Song Ja Cha has asked for additional time to seek a new trial. Cha was convicted last month on 20 counts of sex trafficking, attempted sex trafficking, conspiracy and coercion and enticement to travel for the purpose of prostitution. She brought at least nine women from Chuuk to work at the former Blue House Lounge, where she forced them to have sex for money.
She remains behind bars waiting to be sentenced.
Defense Attorney Howard Trapp has asked the court for an extension of time to seek a new trial because he was just able to obtain a copy of the transcript of the trial. Cha needs additional time to review the transcript to prepare the motion for a new trial. Trapp has said if that motion is denied, he will file an appeal of the conviction.
She is scheduled to be sentenced in the U.S. District Court of Guam on May 18.