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Former Blue House worker takes stand again

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A former worker at the Blue House Lounge took the stand again today, testifying about how money was made at the brothel and her encounters with police who she claims frequented the establishment.

Attorney Terrence Timblin asked Saknin Weria, "On any given night, how often would you have sex with the customers?", to which she replied "Maybe five times."  Weria testified that she and the other girls who worked at the Upper Tumon club would lure customers into buying them $40 cans of beer for a visit into the private VIP rooms, where they would have sex. She said this happened every single night at the former establishment that was raided in January 2008. 

Weria was one of two trusted employees of owner Song Ja Cha.  She admitted to controlling the girls, who came to work at the Blue House Lounge and teaching them how to satisfy customers.  She testified that during her five years at the Blue House, two of the girls ran away.

Timblin, representing Police Officer David Manila, showed a series of different photos of the girls donning short dresses and skirts and wearing white makeup on their faces. Some of the photos were taken in and around the Blue House, while others were off the premises. Weria testified that she did not think police were aware of Cha beating the workers or punishing them by withholding food from them. She did testify that she recognized manila and Officer Anthony Quenga and that she knew co-defendant Mario Laxamana.

"Did Mario Laxamana ever go into the private room?" he asked, with Weria replying, "I only see one time when all the officers came off-duty, and I saw him go in the private room." Timblin then asked, "Did you ever hear Laxamana tell the girls they had to listen to Cha or they would be arrested?," which she said she did, adding, "maybe two times."

When asked how many times she saw David Manila in the Blue House, she said," two or three times."

Weria testified that on his last visit to the Blue House, Cha told her to sit with Manila at the bar and then encouraged them to get some privacy. She said Manila offered her to go into the private room and she told him he would need to buy her a $40 beer and he did.

"I didn't want to go with him at first," she stated, "but I know he's Mama San friend and he's a police officer, so I was scared to refuse to go with him. I have to go with him because he already paid the drink so I have to go with him no matter what."  Timblin asked, "You never told him you didn't want to go with him?," to which Weria said, "'Cause I was scared." The attorney asked, "But you didn't tell him?" and she said, "Not that I remember."

Weria testified that she asked him to buy another beer, and after he did she gave him a lap dance and they had sex. "Did he say, 'I'm a police officer', therefore you must go in the room with him?," asked Timblin. "Not that I remember him saying," responded Weria.

Timblin said, "He was no different than your other customers?" with Weria replying, "For me, he's different. He was a friend of Mama San and he's a cop." Timblin said, "But even if he wasn't a friend or a cop, you still would have gone in with him right?", with Weria saying, "yes".

Weria also admitted that she never told police about any officers being customers at the Blue House or about her encounter with manila when she was interviewed following the raid at the Blue House in 2008.

The defense went on to stress that Weria's testimony is part of plea agreements in both federal and local court that provide for no jail time should she fully cooperate with the government.

The trial resumes on Wednesday afternoon.

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