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Federal investigators search Pia Marine

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Little information is being released into a federal investigation into women illegally brought to Guam from Korea to work at a local night club. Here's what we've learned from the paper trail: documents filed in the District Court of Guam outline an alleged scheme to bring in women from Korea to work illegally here in the territory. 

The women allegedly were brought here under a tourist visa but instead were forced to live in Apartment #510 at the Pia Marine in Tamuning and work at a local night club.

It was a woman who in February filed a complaint at the U.S. Department of Labor that cracked this case wide open. The female told federal investigators that she was brought to Guam from Korea along with three other women to work as hostesses at Club Music owned by Chan Ho Park. The woman alleges she learned of the position from a Korean job web site that advertised for female hostess positions in Guam.

She was contacted by telephone and interviewed in Seoul by Ye Ju An (aka, "Suzie"), who manages club music told the victim could make big money - $7,000 a month. Before she knew it she was on her way to Guam.  

Court documents allege she along with other employees were forced to sign contracts by An and Park. If they didn't abide by the rules they're wages could be withheld. Evidently that's exactly what happened when this woman didn't get paid leading to the complaint with USDOL.

The unidentified woman, further told investigators that she knew of a least 21-22 other women that were illegally brought to Guam  to live at Pia Marine and work at Club Music. Believing they have a case and in order to gather the evidence, a little after a month after federal investigators interviewed the woman. A search warrant was executed of the Pia Marine apartment on March 7.

Confiscated were several miscellaneous documents, a bag of cell phones and iPhones, a Social Security card, wallet, Sony camera, Ninento DS, a thumbdrive and a bag with a hard drive and CD. All items federal prosecutors hope to build a case and charge those responsible for illegally bringing and harboring certain aliens into the United States.

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