Guam – While the case may be over for Song Ja Cha and co-defendants Saknin Weria and Freda Eseun in Federal court, the three are still facing numerous prostitution and assault charges in local court.
The three were sentenced last Thursday for sex-trafficking crimes in the District Court of Guam. Cha was sentenced to life in prison while Weria and Eseun were sentenced to three years supervised release. All three were convicted in February 2011 of forcing young women from Chuuk to prostitution at the Blue House Bar in Upper Tumon from 2004 to 2008.
But the three will face another jury trial on November 12. Assistant Attorney General Basil O’Mallan says he has no intention of dismissing the case, even though the Federal court has already done its job.
Carlina Charfauros, Attorney General’s Office Spokesperson, says there is no standard protocol for the AG to dismiss or continue prosecuting a case when it’s also being handled by the District Court.
“Each case is reviewed individually and a decision is reached based on case-specific circumstances,” Charfauros said.