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Couple said to run prostitution ring in Samoa court

ACCUSED: Metala James and Sanele Sanele outside Court. [Samoa Observer]

“I told him I didn't want to do what he wanted but he told me I have to agree because all the girls that came to him all agreed to have sexual intercourse with him. He said the money was already given to Metala” 20-year-old witness

A couple appeared in District Court yesterday accused of running a prostitution operation using five young girls. The Court heard that the girls were forced into having sex with men for as little as $20 a session. In one session, one of the girls had sex with three Chinese men for $50. Metala James, 34, of Malololelei and Sanele Sanele, 30, of Papaloloa appeared before Judge Mata Tuatagaloa. They are facing 13 charges in relation to prostitution.

They did not have a lawyer and are therefore representing themselves. The Police are prosecutors in the matter. The first of the five girls testified yesterday. The name of the 20-year-old is supressed.

“One day in the month of May, when my husband left for work, Metala told me to come with her to a hotel in Taufusi,” she said. When they arrived, she said, “I heard Metala talking to this palagi man and [she] told him that it will be for only two minutes.”

“Metala told me to go with this palagi man and do not take long. “When we got in the hotel room, the palagi man told me that his name was Michael. After I told her what my name was he took off his clothes and forced me on the bed. “I told him I didn't want to do what he wanted but he told me I have to agree because all the girls that came to him all agreed to have sexual intercourse with him. He said the money was already given to Metala.”

The money was $30, the witness said.



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