Sunday, May 15, 2005

DeLay Disputes Justice Department Findings

The Galveston County Daily News reports that Tom DeLay is still defending exploitation and abuse in Saipan.

DeLay has long upheld Saipan as a model of unregulated, free market capitalism. Here's an excerpt from the story in the Daily News:

Hard Evidence

But the U.S. Justice Department did find proof of sex slavery.

In 1999, Soon Oh Kwon, president of Kwon Enterprises, and his wife pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating federal laws against involuntary servitude.

The two admitted to bringing Chinese women to Saipan in 1996 and 1997 on contracts to work as waitresses. Instead, they were forced to work as 'bargirls' at Kwon Enterprises' karaoke club, K's Hideaway. The women were forced to have sex with the patrons, Kwon said.

If the Chinese women said they wanted to return home, they were told they could not leave until they repaid their debt for coming to Saipan. In case they had any thoughts of leaving any way, they were told they would be killed if they tried, Kwon said.

The case was one of 10 involuntary servitude cases the Justice Department brought in the Northern Marianas during a three-year period. They involved more than 150 victims, according to a Justice Department statement.

While the Justice Department found hard evidence that people were using Saipan's immigration rules to make women sex slaves, DeLay never did.

Amazingly, none of DeLay's Religious Right cronies seem concerned about the justice department's hard evidence either. They're still supporting DeLay against all the "liberal" detractors who question his ethics.

Those interested in further discussion of the links between Tom DeLay and Saipan's exploitative industries should read Lou Dubose and Jan Reid's The Hammer: Tom DeLay: God, Money, and the Rise of the Republican Congress.

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