by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Former Blue House Lounge owner Song Ja Cha remains behind bars as she pursues an appeal of her federal case and waits to be tried on local charges. Cha's attorney, Mark Kondas, today raised concern with the court as he's learned that one of the alleged victims in the Blue House case, who testified in the federal case, Lucy Paul, applied for a "T" visa, also known as a human trafficking visa.
Kondas explains that such a visa can be obtained if the government can certify that the applicant is a victim of human trafficking and once the certification is made and approved, the individual is allowed to stay in the United States and apply for a green card in three to four years and eventually apply for citizenship.
Cha's attorney says that part of the application is a written statement from the victim and he's asked the government to obtain that from the U.S. Attorney's Office. The court is expected to set a trial date during her next hearing on September 16.