by Mindy Aguon
Guam - The Blue House Lounge trial resumed today as the defense continued cross-examination of Arita Tippengeni, who was forced to work at the Upper Tumon club when she was only 16 years old. Tippengeni testified today that she hated the job and could not recall how many customers she had a night.
The woman said she had been beaten by owner Song Ja Cha when she refused sex with customers and how she eventually ran away from the brothel. "I told Kina and them to come with me because I don't want them to stay back and do whatever they gonna do and she isn't gonna pay them that's why I asked them to come with me [sic]," she said.
Tippengeni testified that she never fought cha because she was scared of being arrested and losing her job. The defense also questioned her about the money she received after testifying in the federal case against cha. Tippengeni said she was paid $77,000.
The government meanwhile started the examination of co-defendant Freda Eseun and the trial resumes on Tuesday afternoon.