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Former worker testifies about beatings

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by Mindy Aguon

Guam - A third former worker of the Blue House Lounge took the stand in the trial of two police officers.  Kina Choiter took the stand this afternoon in the Blue House trial, visibly shaken and timid. 

Choiter testified that she came to Guam in 2007 from Chuuk and was told she was going to work in a restaurant.  She packed no bags and came to Guam after Blue House owner Song Ja Cha purchased her ticket.  When she arrived she was brought to the upper tumon establishment and learned that she would have to massage customers inside private rooms. She later learned that meant having sex. 

Choiter testified that she saw police officers frequent the establishment while in uniform and when they came, she would get out of sight. Choiter testified, "I would hide. . .because I'm scared." Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Quan asked, "Why, what are you scared of? What did you think they were going to do?", to which she replied, "Because the fact that Mama San told us if we run away they are gonna come and look for us."

After numerous rounds of questioning, Choiter identified Police Officers David Manila and Anthony Quenga as well as co-defendant Mario Laxamana as the officers who she saw come into the Blue House in uniform and go into the private rooms with some of the other girls. Choiter cried silently at the witness stand after testifying about how she was beaten up by Cha and Freda Eseun. A photo of a wound on her leg was shown to the jury and she explained how she got the injury.

"When they beat me up and they drug me out from the room and the mirror broke and that's how I get the injury on my leg," she said. Quan asked, "So they dragged you through the glass?", to which Choiter replied, "Yes."

Like two other former workers, Choiter testified that she got pregnant while working at the Blue House. When asked why the people hit her, Choiter said, "When Mama San found out that I was pregnant." Quan then asked if she wanted to have that baby, which she said she did.

But choiter never gave birth to the baby - instead she testified that Cha took her to get an abortion.

"Did you like being in the Blue House?" asked Quan." She said, "No," adding, "I was scared...scared of the police."

Choiter added that she never got paid while working at the Blue House but defense attorney Terry Timblin pointed out during cross-examination that she did get some money after she testified against Cha in the federal case.  According to news files, the former Blue House workers were all paid wages they should have received for the time they worked at the brothel. 

She could not however recall how much she was paid.

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